Thursday, December 31, 2009

BC Hand-held Cell Phone Ban

NEW YEAR BEGINS WITH

NEW CELLPHONE RULES

B.C. drivers are reminded they must abide by a new law that brings in a full ban on hand-held cellphones and texting while driving.

On Jan. 1, 2010, police will begin enforcing changes to the Motor Vehicle Act that mean drivers can only use hands-free cellphones and devices that require just one touch to activate. Fines will begin on Feb. 1, when a driver talking on a hand-held phone or electronic device will be subject to a fine of $167. In addition, drivers caught texting or emailing will be subject to three penalty points.

To abide by the new law, licensed drivers can use hands-free technology that is activated by a single touch to a button, or when it is safe to do so, pull over to a legal parking place and stop their vehicle before they talk or email.


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