Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Ontario Considers Ban on GPS While Driving

My Canadian friend Wonder Woman points to a story of power hungry bureaucrats (nannycrats) who are no doubt educated beyond their intelligence.
TORONTO - Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty said yesterday he is considering a ban on cellphones and other electronic gadgets while driving.
Mr. McGuinty said he has asked Minister of Transportation Jim Bradley to look at the "next-generation legislation" that would outlaw cellphones and other electronics that also cause driver distractions.
Mr. McGuinty said other jurisdictions have only banned drivers from using cellphones while other electronic devices are just as dangerous to use on the road.
"I've asked Minister Bradley to see if there is anything we could be doing
in keeping with police advice that takes into account not just the latest
gadget, cellphones, but GPS and other activities," Mr. McGuinty said.

I just drove five hours to Toronto, and I can tell you what would be dangerous. Me... balancing a paper map and/or directions on my lap, stealing glances at them to see if I'm still on course.
As I told WW, Without the snooty lady on my dashboard telling me where to go (a familiar theme!) turn by turn, I would have been a far greater danger glancing away from the highway to consult map and/or directions!

I also may have mentioned that anyone who wants to ban GPS's is the southbound side of a northbound mule! Heh.

1 comment:

  1. There is no way that a GPS should be totally banned from mounting on windshield. Well, at least the government should allow it to be mounted on the lower right or left corner of the windshield NOT the middle. I mounted mine PDA on the lower left corner and it was absolutely NOT obstructing. Windshield mount is still the most convenient way of mounting a GPS. California is now revising their GPS windshield mount ban, making it legal to mount GPS on the lower right or left windshield corner.

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