This reporter appreciates it when company news releases feel compelled to kick things off by venturing into areas of large agreement: "Mobile devices have become a modern day business necessity for staying connected while on the road."
So what's the problem? Seems that in Ontario, bill 118 prevented the use of hand-held devices while driving in Ontario, and, according to Nero (News
) Global Tracking
But wait: "Most may only need to read the fine print."
According to the Ministry of Transportation’s official press release on Bill 118, “The new law will not affect mobile data terminals, logistical tracking devices and dispatching devices.”
There is also another exception for hands-free devices, Nero officials point out, adding that Ontarians can "rest assured, alternatives are available, and even safer than a cell phone."
For those of you needing to tweak your communications system ASAP to continue operating at full capacity, try making all phones hands-free by adding a Bluetooth earpiece. You can also reduce your need to make calls by adding a GPS Tracking System. Either way, a small upgrade will still be cheaper than handing over a fine, just for picking up your phone.
You still have a bit of time to find something that works for you, Nero says: "There is a three-month period that begins October 26, where the focus will be on educating drivers. Police will start issuing tickets on February 1, 2010."
With Ontario becoming the fifth province to implement a similar ban, "the rest of Canada can’t be far behind," Nero notes.
Struggling manfully to resist inserting the obligatory Canadian joke here... must resist...
In April TMC's (News
) Brendan Read reported that the Province of Ontario’s legislature unanimously passed the Countering Distracted Driving and Promoting Green Transportation Act, 2009, which makes it illegal for motorists to use hand-held wireless communication devices while driving.
Emergency calls, such as calls to 911, will not be affected.
"Once fully in place, which will not be probably be until the fall, the new law will also prohibit drivers from using portable video games or other electronic entertainment devices, or viewing display screens unrelated to the driving task such as laptops, or DVD players while driving," Read wrote.
David Sims is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of David’s articles, please visit his columnist page. He also blogs for TMCnet here.
Edited by Patrick Barnard