Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Ontario Considers Sources of Revenue to Bail out the Auto Makers

Ontario, the province that would run a deficit before cutting back on wasteful expenditures, is once again focusing on road safety. A bill is on the table that would ban drivers from talking on hand-held cellphones, operating GPS devices and BlackBerrys. If caught, motorists could be fined as much as $500 or more and also lose demerit points. No word if drinking coffee, talking to your passengers, fiddling with your radio and cd player and smoking a cigarette, while wolfing down a bagel, is on the radar next.

Transportation Minister Jim Bradley told reporters Tuesday that Premier Dalton McGuinty asked him to make the roads safer, and that's what he intends to do.

"The premier (asked) me to look at that look at what's been done in other jurisdictions ... to see what our safety partners have to say,"

The Liberal government consulted police and the Insurance Bureau of Canada before drafting the legislation, Bradley said.

If caught by police, drivers will face fines of at least $500 and demerit points. (CTV)
cp: The Broom