Put an end to the ridiculous cellphone law in Saskatchewan
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Saskatchewan recently passed an amendment to the distracted driving law that gives a $280 fine for holding a phone. This is definitely an overkill.
What the government need to understand is that holding a phone is not distracting, using is. I understand that using a cellphone while driving distracts the driver but having it in your hand doesn't mean that the person was using it.
SGI website quotes: "A study from Virginia Tech Transportation Institute about cellphone distraction while driving reported that drivers who are texting are 23 times more likely to be in a collision than those who don’t. Talking on a cellphone makes the driver 3 to 6 times more likely to be in a collision." Nowhere it says that holding the phone is causing accidents.
The law allows usage of electronic items that are not cellphones during driving, like iPods. Face timing while driving is seemingly less distracting than holding a phone?
The government has successfully converted this into a revenue source with over 4000 tickets every year. Now the non-distracted are paying the price with hard earned money and points for it's sustainability.
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