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

A Calgary MLA introduced legislation that would hike fines for distracted driving as well as add demerit points vs. their driver's licenses. The Traffic Safety (Distracted Driving Demerit) Amendment Act envisions fines of $250 and 3 points against the license. (The fine is currently $172.) Calgary-East MLA Moe Amery unveiled Bill 204 in early December, meaning debate probably wouldn't occur until 2015. Alberta's transportation minister, Wayne Drysdale, responded that "it's not a decision we want to make overnight," pointing out that the province's distracted driving laws are relatively … [Read more...]