Alberta DD law now in effect

Alberta took its time installing a distracted driving law -- it's the eighth Canadian province to do so -- but the new rules clearly are among the most comprehensive in North America. The new Alberta distracted driving law went into effect next Thursday, Sept. 1. The fine is $172 (total). (This post updated Sept. 1) In addition to banning text messaging, emailing and the use of handheld cell phones for drivers, the law prohibits other use various other handheld electronic communications devices, grooming, non-commercial use of CB radios, GPS data entry, writing, drawing, sketching, reading … [Read more...]

Alberta: Distracted driving news

Alberta's ticket for distracted driving went up to $250 as of May 1 -- plus three demerit points. The Traffic Safety (Distracted Driving Demerit) Amendment Act was approved unanimously by the legislature. The enactment, or proclamation, date is uncertain. "I hope that before people use their phone, they'll think of the $250 fine, the three demerits that they will be losing and most importantly, think about their lives and the lives of others on the road," said Calgary-East MLA Moe Amery, sponsor of the amendment. He said the idea for this bill "really came from the public." Provincial MLAs … [Read more...]