Ontario BlackBerry users no longer allowed to email while driving

15 Comments

Yesterday, Ontario, Canada passed legislation that stipulates drivers can no longer use their handsets to call, email, SMS or chat. The penalties are around $500 per infraction beginning early next year.

There are a lot of BlackBerry users out there that like to send email and SMS while driving, so what should they do? There are several companies that manufacture hands-free devices, but are these the alternative we should be looking for? There is very little evidence to suggest that these products are actually making drivers safer.

Driving while having a conversation will ultimately distract putting yourself and others in danger. While the hands-free accessory can help keep your eyes on the road, it doesn’t address the issue of reaction times. Reaction times will always be diminished when someone is having a conversation.

If you’re a driver who is looking for a hands-free accessory, you could choose the BlueAnt Q1, the BlackBerry VM605 or a software solution like Vlingo.

Or, you could just wait until you get to where you’re going.

  • mark

    “Or, you could just wait until you get to where you’re going.”

    Enough said!

  • mark

    “Or, you could just wait until you get to where you’re going.”

    Enough said!

  • http://caspan.com/ Caspan

    It’s funny that you posted this.. I just finished writing a Blog about the use of hands free devices and the problem with the current security model of BlackBerry phones. Now that we are being forced to use hands free devices those of us with security enabled on our devices like self locking devices are at a cross road. Do we dare pick up our device to unlock it so we can use it hands free?

    You can visit my blog entry here that talks more about how we could get a work around to this but we need RIMs help to integrate the idea.

    http://caspan.com/?p=31

  • http://caspan.com/ Caspan

    It’s funny that you posted this.. I just finished writing a Blog about the use of hands free devices and the problem with the current security model of BlackBerry phones. Now that we are being forced to use hands free devices those of us with security enabled on our devices like self locking devices are at a cross road. Do we dare pick up our device to unlock it so we can use it hands free?

    You can visit my blog entry here that talks more about how we could get a work around to this but we need RIMs help to integrate the idea.

    http://caspan.com/?p=31

  • http://caspan.com Caspan

    It’s funny that you posted this.. I just finished writing a Blog about the use of hands free devices and the problem with the current security model of BlackBerry phones. Now that we are being forced to use hands free devices those of us with security enabled on our devices like self locking devices are at a cross road. Do we dare pick up our device to unlock it so we can use it hands free?

    You can visit my blog entry here that talks more about how we could get a work around to this but we need RIMs help to integrate the idea.

    http://caspan.com/?p=31

  • TheStoffer

    Maybe someone should make a bluetooth device that simply shuts off your blackberry radio and silences all notifications, so you’re never tempted to take a call, or look at that SMS or email you just got. It’s easier than shutting off your berry every time you get in your car.

  • TheStoffer

    Maybe someone should make a bluetooth device that simply shuts off your blackberry radio and silences all notifications, so you’re never tempted to take a call, or look at that SMS or email you just got. It’s easier than shutting off your berry every time you get in your car.

  • TheStoffer

    Maybe someone should make a bluetooth device that simply shuts off your blackberry radio and silences all notifications, so you’re never tempted to take a call, or look at that SMS or email you just got. It’s easier than shutting off your berry every time you get in your car.

  • http://www.blackberrycool.com/ Kyle

    @Caspan – Read your post. I totally agree. A verbal password on a hands-free device would go a long way to meeting security concerns and keeping your “hands free” as is the point with these accessories.

    BTW – I’m loving your “RIM should have thought of this first!” posts. Your Bold is turning into a FrankenBerry with all the mods.

  • http://www.blackberrycool.com/ Kyle

    @Caspan – Read your post. I totally agree. A verbal password on a hands-free device would go a long way to meeting security concerns and keeping your “hands free” as is the point with these accessories.

    BTW – I’m loving your “RIM should have thought of this first!” posts. Your Bold is turning into a FrankenBerry with all the mods.

  • http://www.blackberrycool.com Kyle

    @Caspan – Read your post. I totally agree. A verbal password on a hands-free device would go a long way to meeting security concerns and keeping your “hands free” as is the point with these accessories.

    BTW – I’m loving your “RIM should have thought of this first!” posts. Your Bold is turning into a FrankenBerry with all the mods.

  • http://caspan.com/ Caspan

    @kyle Thanks appreciate the feedback… Never though of the FrankinBerry idea I like that!. I’ll have to store that one use for a later post.

  • http://caspan.com Caspan

    @kyle Thanks appreciate the feedback… Never though of the FrankinBerry idea I like that!. I’ll have to store that one use for a later post.

  • cletis

    “There are a lot of BlackBerry users out there that like to send email and SMS while driving, so what should they do?”

    That’s easy: while texting/emailing, they should drive off a very high cliff into a deep body of water, preemptively accelerating the inevitable collisions they would have inevitably caused anyway, in a way which hurts only themselves, and which prevents them from doing any further harm to to others in future.

  • cletis

    “There are a lot of BlackBerry users out there that like to send email and SMS while driving, so what should they do?”

    That’s easy: while texting/emailing, they should drive off a very high cliff into a deep body of water, preemptively accelerating the inevitable collisions they would have inevitably caused anyway, in a way which hurts only themselves, and which prevents them from doing any further harm to to others in future.