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

In Edmonton, police handed out 5,200 distracted driving tickets in 2013. That's an increase of about 13 percent from 2012's 4,613 citations. 2013 was the second full year under the province's distracted driving law. Alberta drivers overwhelmingly support tougher penalties for those who drive distracted, according to a January 2014 survey. The Alberta Motor Association reports almost 8 in 10 of those surveyed backed the addition of 2 demerit points to the current $172 fine. Six out of 10 said distracted driving enforcement was lacking in the province. Alberta's premier looks to be moving … [Read more...]