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No Cell Phones or Texting

Laws for the use of hand-held wireless communication devices while driving

It's now the law - it is illegal to text, dial, chat, email or search using a hand-held communication device while driving on Prince Edward Island.

Drivers who use a hand-held communication device while driving could face fines ranging from $500 to $1200 and 5 demerit points upon conviction.

Under the new cell phone law, no one shall drive a motor vehicle on a highway while holding or using a hand-held wireless communication device that is capable of receiving or transmitting telephone communications, electronic data, email or text messages.

Such devices include cellular phones, BlackBerrys, iPhones, 10-4 phones, GPS systems or laptops.

Drivers can use hands-free technology activated by a single touch to a button, or when it is safe to do so, drivers can pull over and stop the vehicle to talk or email.

New drivers are reminded of the Graduated Driver Licensing Program, where no person who is a Stage 1 driver or a newly licensed driver, shall use a hand-held cellular telephone, headphones, MP3 player, portable video games or any other hand-held electronic device while operating or having care and control of a motor vehicle.

Calls to 911 are exempt as are calls from the driver of an ambulance, fire department vehicle or police vehicle.

Total Convictions for Distracted Driving
using Hand-held Communications Devices

Section 291.1 Highway Traffic Act
Total Convictions

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