At the beginning of 2010 new rules came into effect under BC’s Motor Vehicle Act.
As of January 1st, 2010 drivers caught talking on a hand-held device will be subject to fines — this means no texting or emailing as well. British Columbians have a 31-day grace period before fines will start to be handed out to violators as of February 1st.
My friend John Biehler was interviewed about handsfree options for your phone so that you can still talk while on the road. If you don’t have your headset yet, you still have a few days to convert and Metropolis at Metrotown can help you out.
Metropolis at Metrotown will be running a â€˜Hands-free, Hassle-freeâ€™ initiative from January 22-30, 2010.
“Safety ambassadors, dressed in official uniform, engaging with the public in parking lots at Metropolis at Metrotown and handing out â€œticketsâ€, which are actually coupons for headsets.
Blackberry coupons will be handed out and can be accessed online, offering a $20 in store rebate on the purchase of a BlackBerryÂ® Visor Mount Speakerphone VM-605 and a $10 in store rebate on the purchase of a BlackBerryÂ® HS-500 Wireless Headset at Metrotown.”
They have also offered me 12 headsets to give away to my readers. Over the next 12 days (until the new rule becomes enforced) I will be giving away a handsfree headset to one reader every day.
BlackBerryÂ® HS-500 Wireless Headset, retail value $79.99 USD, works with any Bluetooth-enabled phone.
How to enter to win:
Leave a comment on this post on the day you would like to win. For example, to win today’s headset, leave a comment now. To win tomorrow’s (if your name wasn’t drawn today) come back and leave a comment on this post tomorrow. All approved comments (and trackbacks) on this post over the next 12 days are eligible.
Good luck & safe driving!
Fine print: Daily winners will be notified by email. Winners may only win once. Since I will be shipping out all headsets myself, I’m sorry but I must limit this contest to residents of BC only.
January 22nd winner: Olivia
January 23rd winner: Ari
January 24th winner: Ed
January 25th winner: Greg W
January 26th winner: Andy L
January 27th winner: Kim
January 28th winner: Peter L
January 29th winner: Teresa
January 30th winner: Jason
January 31st winner: Penny
February 1st winner: Jen
February 2nd winner: Gil
Thanks to everyone for entering the contest, and a big huge thanks to those who came back daily. Hopefully this has raised some awareness about using a handsfree device with your phone if you’re driving.