Ontario might consider cell phone ban . again

| 2/27/2006

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.