I would like to respond to a recent letter to the editor regarding cellphones in cruisers. The general public may not understand the cellphone legislation and how it relates to emergency personnel.
Section 291.1 of the Highway Traffic Act states this legislation does not apply to the driver of an ambulance, fire department vehicle or police vehicle.
The Summerside Police Services use cellphones on a daily basis to communicate with dispatch, victims, and complainants. Unfortunately, our radio communication system is not secure and the cellular digital phone system provides us a better line of confidential communication.
It also provides a better service to the community as phone calls for members can be directed to the patrol car through our communication center.
Although, we are exempt from the legislation, we encourage our members to pull over when using a cellphone. I must agree with Mr. Sonier that it is important for everyone to promote safe driving.
It is also important to note the police officer Mr. Sonier saw using his cellphone on the date in question was not breaking any laws under the existing legislation.
Deputy Chief Sinclair Walker
Summerside Police Services