Saturday, April 25, 2009

Canada: The Ontario Parliament has pass a law to ban the use of mobile phones for talking and texting when driving

[] Ontario’s provincial Parliament passed a controversial piece of legislation this week, preventing drivers from using cell phones behind the wheel.

The Countering Distracting Driving and Promoting Green Transportation Act passed unanimously on Wednesday, despite the arguably illogical nature of the bill. It bans the use of mobile phones and other electronic devices to talk, email, or sent text messages while driving, but makes an exception for hands-free Bluetooth devices.

The law is expected to take effect sometime this fall, and will involve fines of up to $500.

Ontario is the fourth Canadian province to ban cell phone use behind the wheel, following Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, and Quebec.

Ontario Legislature Passes Anti-Cell Phone Law

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