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Tuesday October 27, 2009
To hear the Ontario government tell it, the driver of the future would no sooner pick up a cellphone while behind the wheel than travel down the highway without a seatbelt on.

That was the expectation laid out Monday as the province joined the growing ranks of Canadian jurisdictions banning the use of handheld devices while driving.

"There was some early resistance to seatbelts and to other legislation and rules of the road. They are now common practice," Transportation Minister Jim Bradley said as he launched an education campaign to get drivers on board.

"That's what we want to see happen with this legislation."

Millions of motorists in the country's most populous province are now banned from using any hand-held electronic devices to text, email or talk while driving, unless it's a 911 call or the driver has safely pulled off the road.

They're also forbidden from using portable video games, music players or DVD players while chugging along. Global positioning systems are allowed, as long as they're properly secured to the dashboard. Some drivers - such as those who drive taxis, school buses and public transit workers - will have until 2013 to phase out their use of two-way radios, so that hands-free technology can be developed.

Ontario is the fourth province to enact such a ban, following Newfoundland and Labrador, Quebec and Nova Scotia. Continued....


Cellphone ban begins for Ontario drivers
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