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Traffic Safety in Alberta 

Park your phone and drive your car


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 the distracted driving legislation page for more information.

Distracted driving facts:

  • Since September 1, 2011, when distracted driving legislation was introduced, through March 31, 2015, there have been 87,633 convictions.

  • 97 per cent of these convictions were for using a hand-held electronic device while driving.

  • 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 $287 and three demerit points.

  • During 2014-15, male drivers account for two-thirds of all convictions.

  • Young male drivers, age 22 to 34 years, have the highest conviction rates.

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 January 27, 2016