Eyes on the road

The province of Ontario’s new handsfree law kicked in today. This means no more grasping your cell phone or any other electronic gadget while you drive. Global positioning systems are allowed, so long as they’re secured to the dashboard. The only exception to the ban is a 911 call.

Defaulting drivers may be spared tickets initially. Police may pull them over for a lecture, as education will be the focus until Feb. 1, 2010. After that date, a fine can be issued to those who break the hands-free law.

ITBusiness.ca has put together this package to help you understand the finer points of the new legislation and what you need to do – and not do – to remain complaint.

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