May 21, 2016
By Bob Sheppard
It looks like we’ll soon see signs on Ontario highways telling us where we can safely check and reply to our email and text messages while travelling.
The three parties at Queen’s Park voted yes on Friday to second reading of a private member’s bill that would create safe texting zones. The bill was put forward by Conservative Vic Fedeli.
It means that signs would be placed on provincial highways informing motorists of locations where they can safely pull over to use their smart phones or tablets.
There are 185 such areas, including commuter parking lots, rest stops and transit stations.
Fedeli says the purpose of the signs is to let motorists know they don’t have to give in to temptation and pick up their smartphones while driving, but instead will know where a safe spot to pull over is located.
According to the OPP, distracted driving was a factor in 69 deaths on provincial highways last year.