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.