Nova Scotia's transport minister says he'd like to see police step up enforcement of the province's four-month old ban on cellphone use while driving.
Murray Scott says the province also has to do more to educate the public that it is now illegal to talk on a cellphone or send text messages while driving.
Scott is reacting to a recent informal poll by police in New Glasgow who spotted 56 drivers out of almost 3,000 either talking or texting — a figure police consider to be high.
Scott says the best way to encourage an attitude shift by drivers is to start laying more fines.
But he adds increased enforcement is a matter that should be left up to the discretion of police.
Under the cell phone ban, which took effect April 1, fines start at around $165 for a first offence and rise to $222 for a second, while subsequent offences will cost drivers $337.
Although I've seen plenty with the BlueTooths driving, I usually count 3-7 people still driving while yacking their mouths off on a cell, holding the cell in one hand and trying to shift gears and steer with the other each day.