Halton Regional Police want your hands on the steering wheel and not holding a cellphone.
In October 2009, Ontario introduced legislation that banned the use of hand-held communication devices while operating a motor vehicle.
“Although the law has been in effect for more than two years, the number of drivers who still violate this legislation is unacceptable,” stated a Halton police press release.
“Using a cellphone while driving has been found to be a significant visual distraction as well as cause a reduction in the driver’s cognitive abilities. Drivers have reduced brake-reaction time, slower response to traffic light changes and their average driving speed can fluctuate greatly,” added the release.
In an ongoing effort to enhance road safety, officers from the Burlington District Response Unit will be conducting Project Disconnect from Nov. 7-10 in Burlington.
The enforcement effort will focus on drivers who talk, text, type, dial or e-mail using hand-held cellphones or other communication and entertainment devices.
The fine under the Highway Traffic Act for operating a vehicle while using a hand-held electronic device is $155.