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Using a cellphone while driving is now illegal P.E.I.
CHARLOTTETOWN – Nearly 4,500 Islanders have pledged to not send text messages while driving.
A summer-long radio campaign to discourage text messaging while driving resulted in nearly 4,500 Islanders signing an online pledge to “practice safe text,” said Transportation Minister Robert Vessey.
“It’s good to see so many Islanders join with their neighbours to publicly state they will leave their phone alone while driving,” Vessey said. “The ultimate measure of success will be if Island drivers remember to avoid texting in dangerous situations long after this campaign has ended.”
The winner of an iPad as part of the campaign promotion is Sarah Swain from Prince County, whose name was drawn from among those who took the safe text pledge.
“Distracted driving puts lives at risk – all for the sake of sending an email or dialing a number before arriving at the destination,” said Amanda Dean, vice-president, Atlantic Insurance Bureau of Canada. “IBC is happy to have worked with our partners in this campaign to get drivers to recognize the dangers of not concentrating on the task at hand – driving.”
Using a mobile device while driving a motor vehicle is illegal in P.E.I. Drivers caught using a hand-held device – including a Blackberry, iPhone, GPS system, or laptop – face penalties of $400 and three demerit points.
For more information, visit the Department of Transportation’s Impaired, Distracted, and Dangerous Driving page (www.gov.pe.ca/highwaysafety/index.php3?number=1045012&lang=E).