Starting Monday, Ontario and British Columbia drivers are be subject to fines if they are caught talking or texting on cellphones while driving. Ontario’s ban on cellphones while driving came into effect in October 2009, but the law contained a five-month grace period in which motorists received warnings instead of fines. Starting Monday, Ontario motorists can receive a fine of $155 for talking on their cellphones when behind the wheel. If a driver challenges the ticket, the fine can be lowered to $50 or increase to as much as $500 at the discretion of a judge. In British Columbia, the fine for using a cellphone while driving is $167. The law was enacted in January 2009 with a one-month grace period. Calls to 911 or other emergency numbers are exempt from the laws. Only handheld devices are covered, so drivers may use Bluetooth or other hands-free technology to avoid fines. Newfoundland and Labrador, Quebec, Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia have also banned the use of handheld devices while driving.