It has been a year now since the ‘Drive Now – Talk And Text Later’ law came into effect in Ontario, Canada.
Here are the statistical results after one year of police enforcing the ban on hand-held cell phone use while driving:
45,975 tickets were issued to drivers caught breaking the law
– about 138 tickets a day.
Here’s a gentle reminder about the ‘Drive Now – Talk And Text Later’ law for safety’s sake:
“Ontario’s distracted driving law makes it illegal for drivers to talk, text, dial or email using hand-held cell phones or communication and entertainment devices while driving. It also prohibits the viewing of display screens unrelated to driving such as laptop computers or DVD players.”
Also, knowing the following facts can help you resist the temptation of holding hand-held devices while driving:
- Drivers caught using a hand-held device will be issued a $155 ticket.
- All drivers may use hand-held devices to call 9-1-1.
- A driver who uses a cell phone is four times more likely to be in a crash than drivers who are focused on the road.
- Hands free use of hand-held devices is permitted.
Please click the following highlighted text for more info about distracted driving effects, as well as tips, rules and exemptions from the ‘Drive Now – Talk And Text Later’ law:
- Read about the rules for the use of wireless communication and electronic devices while driving
- Find out about the effects of driving while distracted
- Learn how drivers can make a few simple changes to comply with the new law
- See the exemptions for commercial, emergency services and public service personnel