Calgary Herald Article on Distracted Driving

September 2, 2017

Leah Hennel / Calgary Herald     

“Research indicates that between 20 and 30 per cent of all collisions are due to distracted driving and distracted drivers are three times more likely to be involved in a collision than attentive ones,” the province said in a Wednesday media release.

Here is a crash course on Alberta’s distracted driving laws:

1. The penalty for distracted driving in Alberta is $287 and three demerit points

2. Alberta’s distracted driving law restricts drivers from:

  • Using hand-held cellphones
  • Texting or e-mailing (even when stopped at a red light)
  • Using electronic devices like laptop computers, video games, cameras, video entertainment displays and programming portable audio players (ie. MP3 players)
  • Reading printed materials in the vehicle
  • Writing, printing or sketching
  • Personal grooming

The number of Albertans convicted for distracted driving was down slightly in 2015-16, but that’s after a significant bump the year before.

Distracted driving by the numbers (the number of distracted driving convictions, by year):

  • 2011-2012 – 8,345 (September 2011 – March 2012)
  • 2012-2013 – 25,958
  • 2013-2014 – 25,913
  • 2014-2015 – 27,417
  • 2015-2016 – 27,281