Cellphone Ban for Ontario Drivers Starts Today

October 26, 2009

Drivers in Ontario will now be breaking the law by using BlackBerrys, cellphones and other hand-held electronic devices while driving.

Drivers are no longer allowed to talk, text or e-mail while behind the wheel, or use portable video games or DVD players.

Global positioning systems are permitted - as long as they're safely secured to the dashboard.

Emergencies calls to 911 are the only exception to the ban.

For the first 3 months police will be educating motorists to stay off the phone instead of handing out tickets. However, drivers can still be charged under existing dangerous or careless driving laws.

Beginning February 1, 2010, drivers will be facing fines of up to $500 if they're caught violating the ban.

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