Law against using the iPhone while driving

Yesterday, Ontario legislature passed a law banning the use hand-held devices like the iPhone or BlackBerry while driving (with exceptions for cases like headsets, etc.).

I got an iPhone as soon as it was available in Canada, and since then, it is very rare for me not to be using it while driving. But I agree with this law. Very soon after getting an iPhone I noticed a degradation in my driving, because I wasn’t concentrating on the road. I’ve had two instances in which the driver behind me honked, because I didn’t move when the traffic light turned green.

Going back to driving without using my iPhone will be like trying to kill a drug addiction, but I understand why it has to be done. Luckily the law probably won’t take affect until autumn, so I have some time to adjust.

4 Responses

  1. Neil Rashbrook April 24, 2009 / 9:39 am

    It will be interesting to see how well that law is enforced; as far as I can tell here in the UK where we have a law banning all hand-held mobile phones it only seems to get used as an extra stick for those people caught doing something else wrong.

  2. Simon April 26, 2009 / 12:38 am

    @Chris – you’re entirely correct. Laws like this might be an annoyance, but they’re right that people who aren’t paying attention to the road are a hazard to everyone else (whether they’re texting, or changing the radio, or dealing with a screaming child).

    @Neil – consider the effect on insurance. If you have an accident while talking on your phone – even if entirely blameless – you can expect your insurance company to use it as a reason to not pay out.

  3. acne May 7, 2009 / 6:44 am

    i think it’s just about the risk when you driving while using cellphone, gadget, and other not just and iphone 😛

  4. コピーブランド July 29, 2009 / 7:06 am

    think it’s just about the risk when you driving while using cellphone, gadget, and other not just and iphone

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