LETHBRIDGE: Alberta motorists won't be allowed to drive and talk on hand-held cell phones starting Thursday, September 1. The law bans all forms of distracted driving; including texting, reading and watching DVDs. Violators face a $172 fine.
Lethbridge Regional Police Sergeant Craig Deimuth is pleased this law is coming into effect. "Something needs to be done in order to address the various issues with distracted drivers, whether it's eating or drinking, especially with the use of mp3 players and cell phones," said Deimuth. "We need to take control of drivers' actions and get them focused back on the task at hand which is operating a vehicle in a safe and controlled manner."
According to Deimuth, between 20 and 30 per cent of collisions are caused by drivers being distracted. He says the danger is high enough that residents should just start using hands free devices. "At least with a Bluetooth, you're keeping your eyes and your head up so you can see what's going on around you," said Deimuth. "You're not taking your hand off the steering wheel, you're keeping your eyes on the road ahead of you and you're a bit more focused." To inform the public about the new law and how to comply with it, the provincial government will soon begin an awareness campaign, advertising in newspapers, radio and online.
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Posted on Wednesday, June 22, 2011 at 12/11/2013 4:11:40 PM
Source: Tristan Tuckett - Country 95 News