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No Hand-Held Devices In Ontario Cars 584

Posted by kdawson
from the hands-where-i-can-see-'em dept.
NIK282000 writes "To cut down on accidents caused by drivers who aren't paying attention, in Ontario it is now a ticketable offense to text, email, or navigate with your GPS while driving. But it seems to me that they have thrown the baby out with the bathwater, because it is now also a $500 fine to change your radio station, change songs on your MP3 player, or even drink your morning coffee. It can also be enforced to the point where changing the climate controls on your dash can get you fined because it requires you to take your hands off the wheel. Though this was a good idea, it seems to have been taken a little too far."
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No Hand-Held Devices In Ontario Cars

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  • Man! (Score:0, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday October 28, 2009 @06:06AM (#29894619)

    How am I going to pick my nose now?

  • by AtomicSnarl (549626) on Wednesday October 28, 2009 @06:10AM (#29894647) Homepage
    A Canadian truck driver has been fined for smoking in his own truck. [reuters.com] His truck is a "workplace" you see, and you're not allowed to smoke at work.

    Beware! Definitions have consequences!
  • Re:WTF? (Score:1, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday October 28, 2009 @06:15AM (#29894679)
    There's nothing mysterious about my windows.
  • Re:RTFS (Score:1, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday October 28, 2009 @07:13AM (#29894995)

    "First they came for the HTC Hero, and I did not speak out—because I do not own a Hero;
    Then they came for the Nokia N95, and I did not speak out—because I do not own an N95;
    Then they came for the G2 Android Phone, and I did not speak out—because I do not own an Android;
    Then they came for my iPhone—and there was no one left to tweet out for me."

    -- Steve Jobs (1955 - )

  • Re:Man! (Score:4, Funny)

    by Tezcat (927703) on Wednesday October 28, 2009 @08:24AM (#29895495)
    I'm frankly relieved that I don't have Mod points, as I don't know if I would mark this as funny or insightful.
  • Re:WTF? (Score:5, Funny)

    by thisnamestoolong (1584383) on Wednesday October 28, 2009 @08:29AM (#29895537)
    This is all well and good -- but unfortunately the real world is not so idealistic. You see, most people have these things called 'jobs', and often these so-called 'jobs' require people to work on very tight schedules. To comply with these schedules some people must do some crazy things some times, like take their cup of coffee to go on the way to work.

    How do you change gear?

    Well, you see, most cars coming out nowadays have something called an 'automatic transmission'. The car actually changes gears for you! I know, I know, this sounds like science fiction, but it's true. These new future cars also have these things called cup holders, which will literally hold your cup for you! That will leave both of your hands completely, 100% unburdened by your coffee until you find a good time to take a sip! Wow!

  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday October 28, 2009 @09:17AM (#29896007)

    You do realize that this particular law is in place in Ontario and Quebec because we were following suit from Alberta and BC?

    No, don't tell him. You'll spoil his fantasy about how the West is a wonderful land of freedom, happiness, unfettered economic opportunity, where ponies and pickups and long guns (or hippies, in BC) can run free and wild, as is good and right, free from those mean men in eastern Canada.

  • Re:RTFS (Score:3, Funny)

    by Rob the Bold (788862) on Wednesday October 28, 2009 @09:58AM (#29896571)

    What is it that makes a copper less likely to be distracted by a hand held device than you or me?

    The intense weekend of training they have to complete before joining the force.

  • by misexistentialist (1537887) on Wednesday October 28, 2009 @10:57AM (#29897483)
    And once you reach the age of 80 your blood runs cold at the thought that you used to drive over 20mph.

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