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Ont. ban on using phones while driving takes effect Oct. 26; N.S. introduces new fines for OH&S violations; Tories to extend EI parental benefits to self-employed; U.S. jobless rate hits 9.8 per cent
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 10/18/2009

Ont. ban on using phones while driving takes effect Oct. 26

Toronto — As of Oct. 26, it will be illegal for Ontario drivers to use hand-held communication or entertainment devices such as cellphones or MP3 players. There will be a three-month period of educating drivers about the new rules and then, as of Feb. 1, 2010, police will issue tickets, for up to $500, to drivers who talk, text, type, dial or email using hand-held devices. Police, paramedics and firefighters will be allowed to use hand-held devices while on the job. All drivers can use hand-held devices to call 911, when they have pulled off the road or are legally parked. The province is granting a three-year phase-out period for the commercial use of two-way radios, including mobile and CB radios, to allow for hands-free technologies to be developed in transport-related industries and some areas of the public service such as highway maintenance workers.

N.S. introduces new fines for OH&S violations