LETHBRIDGE: Local police say it's too early to tell how well Alberta's new distracted driving law is working in Lethbridge. They issued 54 tickets in September - the law's first month - with twice as many warnings. But Sergeant Craig Deimuth said they'll likely be handing out tickets at a higher rate in coming weeks, now that the message is out.
"By all means, there could have been many, many more violation tickets issued," said Deimuth. "But whether it's a ticket or it's a warning, we were still attempting to get the message out to people that it's wrong and it's against the law. In the future you're going to see fewer warnings issued and more violation tickets issued."
The fine for distracted driving in Alberta is $172. The new law bans drivers from talking on hand-held cell phones, texting or emailing, using electronic devices like laptops, video games, cameras and video equipment, manually entering information on GPS units, reading or writing, personal grooming and using hand-held radio communication devices. You will be dinged even if you're stopped at a stop light - as you're still considered to be in the act of driving.
Posted on Wednesday, October 12, 2011 at 3/9/2014 12:26:26 PM
Source: Marion Warnica, Country 95 News - photo by Country 95 News