Drivers warned about distracted driving law
Aug 25, 2011 at 7:02 am in News by TheNewsGirl
Albertans are reminded that our province’s new distracted driving law will come into effect September 1. Under the new law, drivers will be prohibited from talking, texting or emailing on a hand-held cellphone, using hand-held radio communication devices, using other electronic devices, reading, writing or personal grooming while behind the wheel.
“Alberta’s new distracted driving law is a good addition to our overall strategy to keep Albertans safer while on the road,” said Minister of Transportation Luke Ouellette. “We want all drivers to practice safe driving habits to ensure we all return home safely at the end of each day.”
Drivers who break the law will be fined $172. They can face additional charges if they commit other traffic violations such as running a red light or making an improper lane change. Drivers can also be charged under the existing driving without due care and attention law, a more serious offence with a fine of $402 and six demerit points.
Signs informing drivers of Alberta’s distracted driving law will be posted at major entrances to Alberta and along major provincial highways at exits from municipalities and at other high traffic volume locations.