Traffic Safety in Alberta
Distracted driving is the traffic safety focus for February
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
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
The fine for distracted driving
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
Crotches Kill and the
Road Rash radio spots.
February 12, 2015