PEI Now a Handsfree Province

Posted: January 23, 2010 by Matthew Casey in Articles
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Motorists in the Confederation Province of Prince Edward Island will have to get used to hands free devices.  As of January 23, 2010 the province has banned the use of mobile devices while operating a motor vehicle after legislation for the new law began last fall. The province is following suit with Newfoundland, Quebec, Nova Scotia and Ontario being the first provinces in Canada to ban cell phone use while driving.    Devices prohibited with the new law  include cell phones, Blackberries, and laptop computers.

The province has made some exceptions to the law such as for drivers dialing 911 in an emergency and for emergency vehicle drivers.  Fines for violators  could range from $250 to $450 and three demerit points.

Other provinces in Canada considering a ban on mobile devices include Manitoba, Saskatchewan and British Columbia.  According to a Virginia Tech Transportation Institute study, drivers who text or use cellular devices while behind the wheel are 23 times more likely to have an accident.

—Matthew Casey


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