For the third time in his career, a member of the Conservative Party is
preparing to push a bill to ban the use of cell phones while driving in the
Canadian province of Ontario.
Member of Provincial Parliament John O’Toole is once again pushing for
a cell-phone ban, citing what he called success stories in several U.S. states
and in Australia.
The ban would not include hands-free devices or emergency calls with a
hand-held phone. It would also be OK to report crimes or unsafe road conditions
with a traditional cell phone.
Newfoundland and Labrador on Canada’s East Coast have banned hand-held
cell phones while driving since 2003. Penalties there range from $100 to $400, The Canadian Press reported.
Manitoba lawmakers considered a cell ban last year, but the provincial
government there is still studying how similar bans work in other areas.