Distracted Driving Law

4 Things You Didn’t Know About The Distracted Driving Law

Online Distracted Driving CourseIn January 2016 the penalty for distracted driving in Alberta was set to a $287 fine and three demerit points. Under the Traffic Safety Act, this law restricts drivers from:

  • Using handheld cell phones
  • Texting or emailing
  • Using electronic devices (laptops, cameras, etc.)
  • Entering information on GPS units
  • Reading printed materials
  • Writing, printing or sketching
  • Personal grooming

Distracted Driving Law

Most drivers are familiar with the fact that you can’t text and drive, but there are a few lesser known caveats to this law that may surprise you. Join Set Safety as we lay out a few things you probably didn’t know about the distracted driving law!

1. It Doesn’t Just Apply to Cars

The distracted driving law is not just for cars, SUV’s and trucks. It also applies to motorcycles, RV’s, tractors, farm vehicles and even bicycles!

2. Red Lights Count Too

Just because you are stopped in traffic or at a red light doesn’t mean you’re able to pull out your phone and start texting – the distracted driving law still applies! Why? You need to be attentive at all times when operating a vehicle to ensure you’re able to adapt to changes in your environment (ex. an ambulance approaching from behind, an out of control vehicle, etc.)

3. Don’t Touch Your GPS

Looking at your GPS while driving is fine; however, you aren’t allowed to program it while driving. Make sure to have your route programmed in before you hit the road so you can keep your hands on the wheel and avoid a nasty ticket.

4. Speakerphone Isn’t Good Enough

It’s not uncommon to see people holding their phone and using speakerphone to talk. This does not count as a hands-free system and is grounds for you to get stuck with a distracted driving charge.
Have A Distracted Driving Ticket?
If you’ve gotten a distracted driving ticket and are looking to reduce your demerits, consider taking Set Safety’s defensive driving course! Successful completion of the course will get you three demerit points taken off your driving record. Sign up today!


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