Mandatory Courtesy Wave Legislation in Alberta

Failure to use the courtesy wave in traffic isn’t just rude; it’s downright un-Canadian! As safety advocates and patriots, the Alberta Motor Association is proud to support the new Mandatory Courtesy Wave legislation, which will enforce a stronger sense of community on our roads.

“Nearly six in 10 Canadians think aggressive driving has worsened in the last three years,” says Dee Quorum, spokeswoman for AMA. “The courtesy wave law is a bold step toward reversing that trend and fostering camaraderie among drivers.”

An introduction to the new legislation can be found below.

“A courtesy wave is a simple gesture that goes a long way toward brightening someone’s day,” says Quorum. “Though it might feel strange at first, just remember: it only takes a bit more energy to raise your other three fingers and thumb at another driver.”

Still not sure if you’re doing it right? This handy cheat-sheet will help you adjust to the new legislation and avoid unwanted fines.

If you haven’t figured it out yet, Mandatory Courtesy Wave legislation is fake. But we hope our April Fool’s joke helped highlight the importance of traffic etiquette and community-mindedness on our roads. We’re all in this together, Alberta!


I’m a former journalist, current AMA communications specialist, and future backup dancer for Beyonce. I’m passionate about helping members, riding motorcycles and eliminating all traces of cilantro from food.