Quebec and Nova Scotia drivers will have to put down their cell phones after midnight Monday, as the provinces implement new regulations effective Tuesday.
Use of hands-free cell phones while driving will still be allowed in both provinces, and police will not be handing out fines for using the banned phones until July.
For the first three months, people chatting on the phone while driving will be given a warning.
As of July 1, however, that illicit call will cost a $100 fine and three demerit points.
The punishment for breaking the law in Nova Scotia is more severe, with police there handing out a $164 fine for the first offence.
The Nova Scotia fines go up to $222 for a second offence, and then $337 for each additional one.
Some critics say the law doesn't go far enough, arguing that the use of hands-free phones is just as distracting for drivers.
But the Hands Free one's are no more of a distraction then someone sitting in the car talking to you.... I don't have an issue with them, so long as you have both your hands free and you can still move your head/eyes effectively to see what's going on.
I can't wait to see some of these idiots in their giant SUV's yapping away on their cell phones getting pulled over and getting their arses fined..... of course, they have to be paying attention to the road in order to notice a cop trying to pull them over.