Here is a link to a British video that you must watch to learn why Ontario’s Bill 118 is a great idea. (WARNING: This video is gruesome, bloody, unforgettable and a must watch for every driver who thinks it’s okay to dial or text a cell phone while driving.)
What this also shows is that the use of two-way radio transmitters is nothing like texting or dialling a cell phone. The use of a two-way radio transmitter does not involve the operator’s eyes ever leaving the roadway. There is no distraction to the driver whatsoever.
(Our two-way radio equipment works in exactly the same way that the police, fire, ambulance and helicopter life-saving radios work. And, strangely with the exception of the pilots, amateur radio operators have much more training in the safe use of radio equipment than any of the emergency service personnel.)
Amateurs, CBers and drivers of commercial vehicles equipped with two-way radio transmitters have saved countless lives (and still do especially in places where the cell phone network does not reach) on Ontario roadways.
Ontario’s Bill 118 puts all this and more (CANWARN, ARES, community service work) in jeopardy if the users of two-way radios are not granted an exemption as has been done in other jurisdictions such as Manitoba.
If you are an amateur radio operator in Ontario who is concerned about this issue, call or see your local MPP and explain the impact Bill 118 could have on the legal and historic use of amateur radio in mobile installations.