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Traffic Safety in Alberta 

Distracted driving is the traffic safety focus for February

Alberta’s Distracted Driving Law restricts the use of hand-held cell phones and activities such as texting, reading, writing, personal grooming, and the use of other electronic devices while driving. Visit distracted driving legislation for more information.

Important facts about distracted driving:

  • Since the legislation came into effect there were 60,216 convictions for distracted driving in Alberta (September 1, 2011 through March 31, 2014);

  • There were 25,913 convictions for distracted driving in Alberta last year (April 1, 2013 to March 31, 2014);

  • Research indicates that driver distraction contributes to 20 to 30 per cent of all collisions;

  • Distracted drivers are three times more likely to be involved in a collision than attentive drivers;

  • The fine for distracted driving is $172;

  • Drivers that exhibit what is deemed to be more serious or risky behaviors could be charged with “driving carelessly” under the Traffic Safety Act. The penalty for driving carelessly carries six demerit points and a fine of $402.

When you are in your vehicle, your primary focus should be on driving. You cannot drive safely when you’re distracted.

  • Keep your eyes on the road, hands on the wheel – put your focus where it should be.

  • Multi-tasking while driving could prove to be a fatal error in judgment.

  • Distracted driving literally impairs your driving ability.

  • Sending even a short text can take a driver’s eyes off the road for five seconds — enough time to travel the length of a football field (Virginia Tech Transportation Institute).

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Last Updated February 12, 2015