Distracted driving ban in N.B. takes effect June 6

Emergency personnel, 911 callers exempt from legislation
|hrreporter.com|Last Updated: 05/19/2011

Starting June 6, 2011, it will be illegal to use hand-held communications and entertainment devices while driving in New Brunswick.

"This new law will help make New Brunswick roads and highways safer for everyone," said Robert Trevors, public safety minister and solicitor general.

The legislation, introduced and passed last fall, prohibits the use or handling of hand-held cellular telephones, texting devices and portable entertainment devices while driving. The act also prohibits the manual programming or adjusting of any global positioning system while driving.

Drivers using voice command or one-touch devices, drivers using built-in screens and telecommunications workers who require special equipment to monitor service levels and disruptions are exempt from the legislation.

Peace officers and fire and ambulance personnel will also be exempt from the bans when performing their duties. Any driver will be permitted to make a 911 call as needed. Drivers of commercial vehicles will be allowed to use two-way radios and ham radio operators will be permitted to use them for emergency search and rescue activities.

Drivers who violate the legislation will be subject to the loss of three points from their license and a fine of $172.50.

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