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Ban on Handheld Cell Phones for PEI Drivers

Effective - Saturday, January 23rd, 2010

Posted: Friday 22nd January 2010 09:26

Attention all drivers, keep your eyes on the road, and your hands on the wheel!  Effective Saturday, January 23rd it will be illegal to use a handheld cell phone while driving a motor vehicle.  This includes texting, dialing, talking, emailing or searching the Internet while operating a moving vehicle on Prince Edward Island.

The ban forbids the use of all handheld wireless devices while driving including:

  • Cellular phones
  • BlackBerrys
  • i-Phones
  • 10-4 phones
  • GPS systems
  • Laptop computers

Any driver caught using a handheld device while driving could face fines ranging from $250 to $400 and three demerit points.

It is important to note that hands free technology is premitted, such as a head set, a speaker phone, or devices activated by a single touch button.  Also, when it is safe to do so, drivers may pull their vehicle over to make a call, text, type or search the web. Emergency calls to 911 are permitted.

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