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Winnipeg police enforce the ban on cellphone use while driving by checking a motorist in the city.

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Re: Trafficking in traffic tickets (April 5). Ontario recently tabled legislation that could increase its fine for distracted driving up to $1,000 and three demerit points.

In response, Manitoba Justice Minister Andrew Swan forcibly expressed Manitoba's usual come-from-behind style of stasis leadership, saying "if Manitoba's numbers continue to be where they are, we would also consider further measures," measures presumably above Manitoba's present penalty of $200 and zero demerit points.

Don't hold your breath. Manitoba has no intention of enacting any new legislation that will upset a significant number of the voting electorate -- the many drivers being ticketed regularly for distracted-driving offences.

Ontario's newly tabled legislation illustrates logic, practicality, common sense and leadership -- not qualities our provincial government has ever demonstrated during its term in office.

BARRY HADFIELD

Winnipeg

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition April 8, 2014 A6

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Updated on Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at 9:06 AM CDT: Adds link

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