Distracted Driving: A Silent Killer on Alberta’s Roads

According to Alberta Transportation, there were 21,612 convictions for distracted driving in 2020 alone. Between September 1, 2011, (when distracted driving legislation came into effect), and March 31, 2020, there were a staggering 208,176 convictions. From April 1, 2021, to March 31, 2022, there were 13,898 distracted driving convictions. These numbers are a stark reminder of the prevalence of this issue. 

The penalties for distracted driving in Alberta can be harsh. Offenders face a $300 fine and three demerit points. Accumulating 8 or more points in two years, may result in a license suspension. Despite these penalties, the problem still persists. 

The risks associated with distracted driving are significant. Distracted drivers are far more likely to be involved in collisions than attentive drivers. Distracted driving causes more fatal collisions than impaired driving in some parts of Canada. Drivers who text are 8 times more likely to be involved in crashes, or near-crash events, than non-distracted drivers. 

Alberta’s distracted driving law prohibits drivers from using hand-held cellphones, texting, e-mailing (even when stopped at a red light), using electronic devices like laptop computers, video games, cameras, video entertainment displays, programming portable audio players (i.e. MP3 players), using GPS navigation systems while driving (unless it is voice activated or programmed before a journey commences), reading printed materials in the vehicle, writing, printing/sketching, and/or personal grooming. 

If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a car crash, where another driver was using a cell phone, or was engaging in distracted driving, it is important to know your rights. 

Our experienced accident lawyers at Pipella Law, understand the law and can help you navigate the complex legal process, while ensuring you receive maximum compensation for your injuries.

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