Cell Phone Ban While Driving in Effect July 15

Woman driving while using cell phone

Mark July 15 on your calendar. That’s the day the province-wide hand-held cell phone and texting ban while driving goes into effect.

The Manitoba government first tabled the ban back in the fall of 2008, and since then, there’s been confusion on when the ban will go into effect.

Numerous drivers are under the impression the ban has been in place for several months, but that hasn’t been the case.

If you’re caught using your phone behind the wheel, you’ll be slapped with a fine of about $200, but your licence won’t be dinged with demerits as a result.

The province officially made the announcement Thursday afternoon during a news conference with representatives from both Manitoba Public Insurance and CAA Manitoba.

— With files from ChrisD.ca’s Sarah Klein