B.C. government to ban cellphone use while driving

Ontario bans with cellphone use while drivingThe list of provinces that are banning cellphone use while driving continues to grow. British Columbia has made it official and introducing legislation that will see the law go into effect January 1, 2010.

Once this date comes around, drivers cannot send or read text and/or email messages; make or take phone calls unless using a hands-free device with one-touch dialing; and the new and novice (Graduated Licensing Program) drivers cannot send or receive any phone calls or text messages, regardless of being hands-held or hands-free.

If you are caught using your device you’ll be fined $167 (starting Feb. 1, 2010), and also receive three penalty points if drivers are caught texting or emailing.

Solicitor General Kash Heed they want “to create a safer driving and pedestrian environmental for all.”

Trace Acres of the BCAA said “You should get in the habit of turning off your cellphone or other handheld electronic devices before getting in the car, or leaving them in a briefcase or in the trunk where it is out of reach and won’t tempt you. Then, when you reach your destination take a minute to check for messages. Also, change your voice message to say you’re currently unavailable or driving, and will return the call when it is safe to do so.”

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