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Saturday, September 10, 2011 - Distracted Driving Law

Alberta’s Distracted Driving Law is now in effect. This Law applies to all vehicles as defined by the Traffic Safety Act. The fine is $172 per offence, but there are no associated demerit points.

What activities are not allowed while driving?

    * talking on a hand-held cell phone
    * texting/e-mailing
    * using electronic devices like laptop computers, video games, cameras,
    * video entertainment displays and programming portable audio or MP3  players 
    * manually entering information on GPS units
    * reading printed material like a book or a magazine (or a listing sheet)
    * writing, printing or sketching (including notes or phone numbers)
    * personal grooming, combing your hair, applying makeup, brushing your teeth
    * using a 2-way radio (some exemptions apply)

All hand-held electronic devices are covered under this legislation. PDA’s, MP3 players or GPS navigation systems can only be used if they are secured, programmed in advance of driving, and may only be used in a voice activated mode while driving.

You can be charged if even if just holding a cell phone or PDA while driving.

posted in General at Sat, 10 Sep 2011 09:28:00 -0600

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