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Canadian province turns OnStar off

June 22, 2007 at 1:10 PM   |   Comments

QUEBEC CITY, June 22 (UPI) -- The Canadian province of Quebec is the only entity in North America that bans global positioning systems from non-emergency vehicles.

The highway safety code adopted by Quebec prohibits televisions or other screens in vehicles that display information a motorist can view while driving, The Montreal Gazette reported Friday.

Global positioning systems or GPS are becoming a standard feature in a growing number of luxury vehicles produced in both the United States and Europe.

A Quebec spokesman said provincial police officers have handed out 28 tickets to motorists with GPS systems since 2003.

In Montreal, police issued 190 tickets during the same period.

"The law is idiotic," says Marcel Bouchard who works for a Kansas-based producer of GPS devices. "A ticket for that is crazy."

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