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Need to talk? Pull over!

 

WINNIPEG – Effective July 15, 2010, it will be illegal to use hand-held cell phones while driving. Motorists in Manitoba will be required to pull over and stop their vehicles if they need to take or make a phone call or text a message – that is, unless they use hands-free devices that allow them to keep their eyes on the road and their hands on the wheel.

Drivers caught texting or talking on a hand-held cell phone while operating a motor vehicle will be fined $199.80 under the new amendment to the Highway Traffic Act.

“We know the hazards that distracted drivers create on our roads. Talking on a hand-held cell phone and texting are major distractions while driving and we’re moving to make our roads safer for all Manitobans,” said Transportation Minister Steve Ashton last month when he announced the forthcoming effectivity of the new law.