PEI welcomed the ban of using hand-held devices while driving back in January. If you are caught by police you could be charged between $250 to $400 (plus three demerit points). However, Gary Howard, VP of Marketing & Communications for CAA (Maritimes) says the law “does fall short” and will be meeting the government next week to request the ban be expanded to include all types of hands-free devices.
Howard states “Our concern is that it’s not at all addressing the real issue of distracted driving. You’re not paying attention to what you’re doing when you’re engaged in a conversation. You’re six times more likely to be involved in an accident, whether you’re hands-free or not.”
P.E.I. Transportation Minister Ron MacKinley says he can drive safely with a hands-free device. So… not sure how far this request will go. Image not being able to communicate while driving? Wonder if eating will be banned next?