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MPP asked to reconsider proposed cell phone ban

TORONTO, Ont. -- Not everybody is in agreement with Durham Tory MPP John O'Toole over his proposal to ban cell phon...

TORONTO, Ont. — Not everybody is in agreement with Durham Tory MPP John O’Toole over his proposal to ban cell phones while driving.

And those who oppose the movement have been flooding his office with calls to let him know about it.

“They see it as an attack on the device,” O’Toole told local media yesterday. “It’s about the appropriate use of technology while driving. (Cell phones) are a tool that can cause undue care and attention and that can mean careless driving,” he added.

Members of the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association have urged O’Toole to drop the idea of banning cell phones, and instead focus on education and the development of new hands-free devices.

“This is really an issue of driver distraction than banning cell phones in automobiles, whether it’s eating and drinking a coffee or talking on your phone. It will only be dealt with through education,” said association spokesman Marc Choma, pointing out that cell phone use is a part of daily life for over 9 million cell phone users.

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