On October 26th 2009, Ontario’s new handsfree law takes effect. Under the new law, users caught operating handheld electronic devices will be issued a ticket and fine (similar to speeding, driving without seatbelt, etc…)
If you currently talk, text, browse the web on your cellphone, iPhone or Blackberry, you will be seriously affected by the law.
Drivers can expect fines of up to $500 if they’re caught driving while using a cellphone, MP3 player or GPS unit. Ministry Officials said traffic officers will comply with a three-month education period with tickets not being written until February 1, 2010.
Ontario drivers can still talk on their cellphones and drive, but must use a hands-free device to do so.
Here are a couple of hands free devices you can use in your car:
Ontario is the fourth Canadian province to bring the hands free law. Newfoundland, Quebec and Nova Scotia are other provinces. Manitoba and Saskatchewan will soon implement the law as both provinces have tabled the legislation to bring in the hands free law to their respective provinces.