Lawmakers in the province of Ontario have gotten themselves busy fixing the causes of traffic accidents, but for those who like to ferry kids around on motorcycles, the government may have gone too far.
Bill 117, a Highway Traffic Act amendment to prohibit carrying kids under 14 years old on motorcycles passed first reading yesterday in the Legislature. It will have to be read twice more before it is made into law. The amendment is the work of MPP Helena Jaczek (Oak Ridges-Markham).
Ontario is also warming up to the idea of banning cell phones and other e-comm devices for drivers. The ban would not include hands-free devices, though the Ontario Medical Association says hands-free doesn’t lower the risk of a crash when people talk on the phone while driving.
Fines, demerit points, and even driver’s licence suspension and jail time could result from a conviction that follows a crash.
Newfoundland and Labrador banned hand-held phones for drivers five years ago.