I know it’s been law in the UK for awhile, but Ontario (where I live) may be facing the same thing soon.
Proposed new legislation to curb drivers preoccupied with “electronic distractions” is coming this fall, says Ontario Transportation Minister Jim Bradley.
Bradley’s office wouldn’t give more details on what will be in the legislation yesterday.
The new law could range from an outright ban on use of electronics while driving to measures to toughen Ontario’s existing laws. Currently, a driver convicted of driving “without due care and attention” can face fines of up to $1,000 and a prison term of up to six months.
Ok I know it’s probably not the best idea, and you should concentrate on your driving, but I’ll be the first to put up my hand and say I’m one of them. (Much to the annoyed looks of the husband) But I can honestly say, that I can go into my inbox, hit reply, type out a text message and hit send, without ever taking my eyes off the road, and be fairly confident it makes sense. (Except for some bizarre reason where my phone insists on substituting “yar” for “was”)
But what about all the other distractions in cars? I did have a lady run into the back of me once because she was busy looking through her purse sitting on the floor. I’ve seen women putting on makeup, men shaving (no lie!) and even once a guy tying his tie and driving with his knee.
How is talking into a hands free set any different than singing along to the radio? That’s a lot safer than tie guy.