PSA: It's now illegal to even be holding a cellphone while driving in Ontario

Ontario residents are in for a new level of DWT (Driving While Texting) enforcement this week after an Appeals Court overruled two decisions by lower courts on whether it was legal to have a phone in one’s hand while at the wheel.

The court ruled on two separate occasions that because a cellphone is capable of sending and receiving even while not in use, and even with the screen off, it violates the existing law against using handheld devices while driving. “Road safety is best ensured by a complete prohibition on having a cellphone in one’s hand at all while driving,” said the judge in one of the cases.