Seize cellphones of delinquent drivers:coroner
A Quebec coroner is suggesting seizing the cellphones of drivers caught texting or talking on the phone without hands free.
Coroner Michel Ferland is recommending taking away the phones following the deaths of two aspiring firefighters who died in an accident resulting from a case of texting while driving in Laval in February 2010.
In his report on the deaths, Ferland said if we can seize cars from drunk or speeding drivers, then we should do the same for drivers with their eyes on their phones instead of the road.
Jean-Marie De Koninck chairman of Quebec's Road Safety Task Force says heavier fines won't do the trick.
"It demonstrates the seriousness of the problem. If the coroner thinks that the fee is not sufficient, the penalty, and then we have to go further and seize the phone, I mean, this is really important, a major penalty," De Koninck told CJAD News.
Five people have died in Quebec over the past two years in cases of texting while driving.