Hands-free cell phone laws in Canada and the U.S.

Winter 2009 CSANews Issue 73  |  Posted date : Dec 12, 2009.Back to list

In Ontario, the new hands-free cell phone law came into effect on October 26, 2009. If you're driving and need to use your cell phone, you have two choices: use a hands-free device such as a Bluetooth headset, or face a fine of up to $500.

Be aware that other provinces have implemented the same law. Quebec, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland/Labrador have already banned handheld cell phone usage while driving. Both British Columbia and Saskatchewan have introduced legislation that will see the law go into effect on January 1, 2010.

In the U.S., six states have banned handheld cell phone use for all drivers: California, Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, Oregon and Washington. Several U.S. states have partial bans; visit the Governors Highway Safety Association at www.ghsa.org for a complete list.

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Governors Highway Safety Association