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Canadians favor banning hand-held cell phones

MONTREAL, Que. -- A new poll suggests chatting on a cell phone and driving just don't mix as far as most Canadians...


MONTREAL, Que. — A new poll suggests chatting on a cell phone and driving just don’t mix as far as most Canadians are concerned.

A survey by Leger Marketing says four out of five people thought it should be illegal to talk on a cellular phone while driving unless a hands-free device is used.

The poll indicates 80.8 per cent of respondents favor such a ban, while 15.8 per cent would oppose it. Another 3.4 per cent say they didn’t know or refused to answer.

Regionally, 85.7 per cent of Quebeckers supported a ban, followed by Atlantic Canada (85.1), British Columbia (82.2), Ontario (78.3), Alberta (76.7) and Saskatchewan and Manitoba (tied at 74.9).

Leger polled 1,508 Canadians between Sept. 5 and 11. The results are considered accurate within plus or minus 2.6 percentage points, 19 times out of 20. However, the margin of error is higher when results are broken down regionally.


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