What Constitutes distracted driving in Alberta?
We all know that distracted driving is a serious issue and a leading cause of accidents in Canada. With the passing of Distracted Driving Legislation (Bill 16) in Alberta, drivers are now subjected to a $172 fine if they are caught by police participating in distracted driving practices as outlined.
Distracted driving is a broadly defined term and drivers need to know what constitutes distracted driving and what does not. The truth is that many people are engaging in distracted driving actions without even knowing it. This is why it is important to understand what is considered distracted driving and what is not.
The following outlines distracted driving laws in the province of Alberta:
- Using your cell phone or other mobile devices
- Texting while driving
- Using your GPS while the car is in motion
- Reading or writing
- Personal grooming (i.e. brushing your hair, putting on makeup, brushing your teeth)
- Any other action that interferes with a drivers ability to safely operate a vehicle
These laws apply to all vehicles that use the roadways, including bicycles. No matter where you are driving and what vehicle you are in, these laws still apply to you.
Here are some actions that do not constitute as distracted driving in Alberta:
- Eating and drinking
- Talking with passengers in the vehicle
- Hands free devices
- Call 911 in case of emergency
What distracted driving practices do you see other drivers doing? Are you guilty of distracted driving? Do you think that a fine is enough to prevent drivers from doing these things?