December 31, 2015 1:42pm
Brian Mason, Alberta’s Minister of Transportation, said of the change, “From September 2011 to March of this year, there were more than 87,000 convictions for distracted driving, and despite our best efforts, [it] remains a real danger, with convictions increasing year over year. Given these numbers, we are following through on Albertans’ wishes for stronger penalties for distracted driving.”
According to the press release, since 2011 there have been over 87,633 distracted driving convictions, with more than 27,000 handed out between April 2014 and the end of March this year. Ninety seven percent of these convictions were for using a handheld device while driving, with male drivers, aged 22 to 34 years, having the highest conviction rates.
Marianne Ryan, Commanding Officer of the Alberta RCMP, said, “On behalf of all police and emergency services in Alberta – don’t drive while distracted. Distracted driving can be deadly, and although police will be enforcing distracted-driving law, all drivers can make Alberta’s roads safer.”