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May 25, 2011

Distracted driving ban takes effect June 6

Starting June 6 it will be illegal to use hand-held communications and entertainment devices while driving. The legislation, introduced and passed last fall, prohibits the use or handling of hand-held cellular telephones, texting devices, and portable entertainment devices while driving.

The Act also prohibits the manual programming or adjusting of any global positioning system (GPS) while driving.

The legislation exempts drivers using voice command or one-touch devices; drivers using built-in screens; and telecommunications workers who require special equipment to monitor service levels and disruptions.

Any driver will be permitted to make a 911 call as needed.  Drivers who violate the legislation will be subject to the loss of three points from their licence and a fine of $172.50.