Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Cellphone ban hits iPods

Drivers face $500 fines under province's proposed law on using hand-held devices

Motorists who change tunes on their hand-held iPods or MP3 players at the wheel face fines of up to $500 under Ontario's proposed new "distracted driving" law.

The legislation introduced yesterday also takes aim at cellphone calls that aren't hands-free, portable DVD and video game players visible to the driver, BlackBerrys and hand-held global positioning systems.

You can read the rest of the Toronto Star story here.

From this article, I get that it's illegal to change songs on my ipod but I am allowed listen to it ... while wearing head phones?

That doesn't make sense to me.

How am I supposed to respond to what's going on around me when I can't hear it? Yes, I tend to play it loud.

So I bought a TuneBase FM back in August that lets me listen to my iPod in the car. It plugs into where the cigarette lighter should be and finds a FM station (though it's very staticky downtown, it's okay on the highway).


Tammy said...

You can wear headphones while driving...your right, that doesn't make sense.

Two Cables and a Frapp said...

I am in agreement. I wonder what brought them to such a drastic decision.

Rumrunner said...

Head-phones have been illigal for years, so maybe just one ear-piece is allowed.
Safety First
Safety Always!

Fleur de Lisa said...

All of this new technology makes for a lot of new laws.

Alice Audrey said...

I was with these people until the got to the GPS. Huh? Just because it's hand-held you aren't allowed to find out where you are?

Lizard said...

Guess I'm off to get a earpiece for my phone! ;)