This is the danger of texting and driving

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.

And while you’re at it, email or call the premier and Transport Minister Jim Bradley.

1 Response to “This is the danger of texting and driving”

  • This video more importantly shows money and effort the govmnt spends trying to protect us, would be better spent teaching defensive driving tequniques. The other driver had time to hit the horn, but failed to do any emergency collision avoidance into the empty part of his lane.

    The attitude of “I’m in the right and she has to get back into her lane” is surprisingly common when I am riding with new drivers…but worrying about who has the right of way won’t save your life, or prevent the often preventable.

    We have enough laws on the books for police to enforce dangerous driving habits. Bill 118 will only clog the courts when zealous officers use the “cell phone distraction” summons for every poor driving habit.

    Bill 118 is far too vulnerable to the officers discretion of playing “what might have happened”. If the “distraction” DID effected the driving, they should be charged with the HTA act on the books that covers the action.(following too close, fail to yield, dangerous driving)

    More laws in Ontario…the police becoming glorified tax revenue collectors for the government.

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