The Saskatchewan government is moving to close a loophole in its law that bans the use of hand-held cellphones while driving.
The province is changing the law to prohibit drivers from holding, viewing, using or manipulating a cellphone while driving.
The original legislation on cellphones while driving became law in Saskatchewan in 2010, but it referred to “using” a cellphone while driving.
Joe Hargrave, minister responsible for Saskatchewan Government Insurance, says too many people were contesting their tickets by saying they were just holding the phone.
A provincial court judge ruled in March 2015 that the legislation didn’t prohibit looking at electronic communication devices.
The decision came in a case where a driver was charged by police, but the driver argued that merely picking up his phone and looking at the screen wasn’t covered by the law.
(With files from The Canadian Press)