Saskatchewan will ban hand-held

Once again, it isn't rocket science!

Saskatchewan agrees with Ontario, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador, Quebec, British Columbia and Manitoba. The province has introduced legislation, that will ban talking and texting on hand-held cellphones while driving. This will be in effect January 1, 2010.

Their approach is interesting. The proposal will allow experienced drivers to use hands-free phones, behind the wheel. A new driver cannot use any type of cellphone, while driving. The minister responsible for Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI), June Draude, stated that to use a cellphone to text or talk while driving, is clearly dangerous.

When studies were done, it shows that drivers who are texting, will be 23 times more likely to be involved in a collision, then a driver who is not distracted.

British Columbia has introduced similar legislation, and Manitoba is expected to proclaim a cellphone ban next year.

Ontario, Newfoundland, Labrador, Nova Scotia and Quebec, already have this law in place. Alberta has only one county that has enacted such a law.

What are you doing behind the wheel?