Distracted Driving Law Reminder

Distracted driving is an important safety issue for everyone on the road. On January 1, 2016, the penalty for drivers caught with distracted driving was changed to a $287 fine plus three demerit points.

Examples of Distracted Driving:

When driving, the following actions are considered a distraction:

  • Using hand-held phones
  • Texting
  • Emailing
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Grooming
  • Typing in GPS co-ordinates while behind the wheel

Distracted Driving Does Not Include:

  • Chatting with passengers
  • Drinking beverages such a coffee, water or pop
  • Listening to music that has already been pre-loaded

Statistics Show That:

  • Since Alberta began levying fines on distracted drivers on September 1, 2011, close to 80,000 drivers have been convicted.
  • From April 2014 to March 2015, more than 27,000 drivers were caught and charged with distracted driving.
  • Of those caught and charged, the greatest offenders were drivers aged 35 to 44.

If you would like to know more about Distracted Driving and strategies on how to cope with inattention, take our Online Distracted Driving Course.


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