Alberta puts cell phone ban on hold

EDMONTON — As B.C. officially approved a ban on using handheld cell phones while driving (kicking in Jan. 1, 2010), their provincial neighbours have moved the issue to the backburner.

In an interview with the Calgary Herald, Alberta Premier Ed Stelmach says a new law prohibiting texting and cell phone use while driving isn’t a top priority for Alberta and remains likely at least a year away from being adopted.

As 2008 drew to a close, Newfoundland and Labrador, Quebec and Nova Scotia were the only jurisdictions in Canada with bans in place prohibiting the use of using a handheld cell phone while driving.

What a difference a year makes.

As 2009 comes to an end, Alberta and New Brunswick are the only provinces without either legislation or pending legislation in place to ban handheld cell phones behind the wheel.

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