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Don't Text While Driving

Did you know?

  • One in five new drivers is involved in a collision during their first two years of driving.
  • In Alberta, 239 young drivers and motorcyclists (aged 14-24) were killed and 13,065 were injured in collisions (2011-2015).
  • More than one-third of young drivers killed in a collision were not wearing their seatbelt (2011-2015).
  • There were 24,665 convictions for distracted driving in Alberta last year (April 2016-March 2017).
  • Research indicates that driver distraction contributes to 20-30% of all collisions.

Illegal Driving Actions

Distracted Driving law applies to all motor vehicles on all roads in Alberta as defined by the Traffic Safety Act. While driving you are restricted from: 

  • Using hand-held cell phones
  • Texting or e-mailing (even when stopped at red lights)
  • Using electronic devices like laptop computers, video games, cameras, video entertainment displays and programming portable audio players (e.g., MP3 players)
  • Entering information on GPS units
  • Reading printed materials
  • Writing, printing or sketching
  • Personal grooming (brushing and flossing teeth, putting on makeup, curling hair, clipping nails or shaving).

In situations where the driver becomes too involved with their pet, Distracted Driving law can apply. The Traffic Safety Act prohibits anything, including a pet, to occupy the front seat in a way that interferes with the safe operation of the vehicle. For the safety of both pets and road users, it is best if pets are appropriately secured in the vehicle.

Fines/Demerits

  • The penalty for distracted driving in Alberta is a $287.00 fine and three demerit points.
  • Tickets for distracted driving are issued to the driver of the vehicle and not the registered owner.
  • Drivers that perform any of the identified activities can be charged even if their driving performance does not appear to be affected.

Tips to Minimize Distractions

  1. Put your cell phone away – Use your cell phone only when your vehicle is parked in a safe place.
  2. Stay calm – Avoid emotional conversations while driving as they can lead to unsafe behaviours.
  3. Keep your hands on the wheel – Don’t use a hand held device for talking, texting or email.
  4. Pull over - If you need to attend to children or pets in the car find a safe spot to park.
  5. Plan ahead – Don’t program electronics like music players or GPS units while driving

For More Information

Visit www.saferoads.com or contact Enforcement Services at 780-357-8732 or es_contact@cityofgp.com

Last updated: 7/5/2017 10:41:12 AM