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
- 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.