Ban on hand-held devices in force October 26
Ontario’s ban on hand-held devices while driving will take effect on October 26, 2009. It will be illegal for drivers to talk, text, type, dial or email using hand-held cell phones and other hand-held communications and entertainment devices. There will be a three month transition period for enforcement where the focus will be on educating drivers; police will start issuing tickets on February 1, 2010.
Hands-free devices are permitted. Employers should establish a cellphone use policy before October 26, and take appropriate measures to ensure the health and safety of their employees and the public as well as their own business interests. For more on employer policy for cell phone ban read http://www.hrinfodesk.com/preview.asp?article=30282.
Fines of up to $500 can be levied against distracted drivers who text, type, email, dial, or chat using a prohibited hand-held device. For more information, go to http://news.ontario.ca.