Distracted Driving law passes in legislature
Alberta has passed bill 16 in legislature banning the use of cell phones, emailing, texting, uses of electronic devices, entering information into GPS devices, reading printed materials in the vehicle, writing and printing as well as personal grooming while driving. However, hands-free devices will still be allowed.
This controversial bill is meant to reduce collisions that are caused by driver distraction. Approximately 20-30 percent of collisions involve driver distraction in Alberta annually.
The new law will have fines starting at $172 per violation. Although this bill is not expected to be put into force until mid 2011, why not start practicing putting your phones down now? This legislation is a positive change for Alberta as we are one of the last provinces to follow suit. Let’s help Alberta have safer roads, starting today!
For more info visit: Government of Alberta Website