What You Need to Know:
- Graduated Driver Licensing is a program designed to improve road safety by creating a low risk, controlled environment for new drivers, regardless of age. The GDL program ensures that new drivers get the support, skills and experience they need to handle the complex task of driving.
- Alberta's Distracted Driving Law restricts the use of handheld electronic devices, reading printed materials in the vehicle, writing, printing, or sketching and personal grooming. Penalties are $287 and three demerit points. Visit the distracted driving legislation page for more information.
- 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 $543.
Young Driver Facts:
- One in five new drivers is involved in a collision during their first two years of driving.
- Over five years, 239 young drivers and motorcyclists (aged 14 - 24) were killed and 13,065 were injured in collisions (2011-2015).
- Although young drivers represented 14 per cent of the province's registered drivers in 2015, they comprised more than 20 per cent of the drivers involved in casualty collisions.
- Fatal collisions involving a young driver occur most often in September and July (2011-2015).
- Over one-third of young drivers killed in a collision were not wearing their seat belt (2011-2015).
- Young drivers are more likely to commit a driver error than other drivers. The most common errors include following too closely, running off the road, making a left turn across the path of an oncoming vehicle and stop sign violations (2011-2015).
Distracted driving facts:
- Since September 1, 2011, when distracted driving legislation was introduced, through March 31, 2017, there have been 139,579 convictions.
- 97 per cent of these convictions were for using a hand-held electronic device while driving.
- There were 24,665 convictions for distracted driving in Alberta last year (April 1, 2016 to March 31, 2017).
- 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 2016-17, male drivers accounted for two-thirds of all convictions.
- Young male drivers, age 22 to 34 years, have the highest conviction rates.