Drivers in Ontario will have to find other ways to distract themselves now that hand-held cell phones have been taken off the hook.
For weeks the warnings have been flashing on Ontario highway signs: as of Oct. 26, hands-free devices only.
The law also forbids the use of portable video games and DVD players while driving, but does not prohibit the use of GPS systems that are secured to the dash. Calling 9-11 is still allowed.
Drivers who are caught using a hand-held cell phone will face up to a $500 fine.
Ontario joins Newfoundland and Labrador, Quebec, and Nova Scotia in prohibiting hand-held cell use while driving, but the Ontario Medical Association says talking on a phone increases risk of a crash even when it’s a hands-free device.