Polling Booth: No Gabba Gabba
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Polling Booth: No Gabba Gabba

Effective Monday, October 26, it will be illegal to operate any handheld device while operating a vehicle in Ontario. Following years of studies demonstrating that holding a phone to your ear while driving shows a similar level of impairment as driving drunk [PDF], the province has banned any handheld electronic device that takes a driver’s attention away from the road: no dialling, no talking, and—we can’t believe we have to say this—no texting or emailing. And this should be obvious, but if you’re behind the wheel and need to call 911, call 911. Tickets won’t be issued during a three-month education period (though police can still lay charges if talking on your beloved BlackBerry leads to other violations), but after that, it’s handsfree or hands off. Recent evidence seems to show that even taking a call on a Bluetooth headset might pose a similar risk to holding a device, so expect to be entirely incommunicado on wheels some day.

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