After a year in the making, Ontario’s ban on gadget use while driving goes into effect today, and includes texting, e-mailing, or otherwise being distracted by handhelds while behind the wheel. For the next three months, the Canadian province will undergo an “education period”, where I presume perps will get let off with a warning, but as of February 1, 2010 (around the same time as B.C.’s law), tickets will be issued for fines up to $500. Many states in the U.S. have passed similar laws, with a potential nationwide ban in the works, and both carriers and manufacturers are throwing in their support. These legal requirements will likely generate a lot of new revenue in handsfree accessories and applications, let alone the obvious benefits of safer roads overall. At theis rate, it’s only a matter of time before no matter where you drive, it’ll be illgal to phone-fiddle on the road.
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