Beginning June 2010, it will be illegal to text while driving in Winnipeg. A first offense will cost approximately $200.

You should start to see television ads very soon that will raise awareness of the dangers of texting while driving. The law won’t be in effect until June 2010, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t stop now. Texting while driving is even more dangerous than speaking on the phone while driving. If you really need to get a message across, use a hands free set and make a call.

Though they wont be any graphic images in the Manitoba ad campaign, the controversial UK text and driving PSA is embedded above.

WARNING: Video above contains graphic material.