Alberta to implement stiffer penalties for distracted driving January 1

Ian Hardy

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.”

  • Get caught driving while texting?
    Just break their thumb, they won’t do it again :D!

    • SycloneRob

      Get caught speeding?
      Just break their right foot, they won’t do it again.
      Sounds stupid doesn’t it?! A good fine and demerit points is good.

    • Was more joking than anything 😛

  • bembol

    Seriously, why can’t they just make it $10,000?

    Who in their right mind would even think of risking that much money.

    Either they’re not getting the message or the law isn’t being enforced.

    • Omar

      With that kind of logic, why not make it a capital offence? Who’d risk their lives for texting, and some can argue they’re doing it anyway, right?

      Moderation is key.

    • Elton Bello

      Why not a life in prison penalty? Better than 10k

  • Cass_m

    Cops should hang out in parking lots and start ticketing. I see at least one person fiddling with their phone most times I’m at one.

    • rgl168

      Do you realize that a vehicle in legally parked position (as in parked at a parking lot) is not subjected to texting law?

    • Cass_m

      You do realize vehicles are driven in parking lots before and after parking. Texting while driving in a parking lot is a hazard – more so because there are things like pedestrians.

    • rgl168

      Maybe you also realize that it is not applicable to all provinces; in Ontario, Highway Traffic Act does not cover private properties, in which a parking lot is.

  • Elton Bello

    Goo alberta