Alberta's distracted driving law applies to all vehicles as defined by the Traffic Safety Act and all roads in Alberta. It restricts drivers from doing any of the following, even while stopped at red lights:
Using hand-held cell phones
Texting or e-mailing
Using electronic devices such as laptop computers, video games, cameras, video entertainment displays and programming portable audio players such as MP3 players
entering information on BPS units
Writing, printing or sketching
Personal grooming such as brushing and flossing teeth, putting on makeup, curling hair, clipping nails or shaving
You can be charged with distracted driving, even if your driving performance does not appear to be effected. If you commit a moving violation while distracted, you could receive two tickets - one for distracted driving and one for the moving violation.
Under the Traffic Safety Act police also have the discretion to lay charges if you are engaging in other activities while driving that impair your ability to drive safely.
For example, you can be charged with distracted driving if you are distracted by your pet while driving. Police can also charge you if you permit anything to:
Occupy the front seat of your vehicle that interferes with your access to the vehicle controls and the safe operation of the vehicle
Obstruct your clear vision in any direction
For the safety pets, drivers and all road users, it is recommended that pets are secured in appropriate pet carriers.
The penalty for distracted driving in Alberta is a $287 fine and 3 demerit points.
UPDATED SPEED LIMITS AND FINES WHEN PASSING EMERGENCY VEHICLES, CONSTRUCTION ZONES, AND TOW TRUCKS
Laws for driving in safety zones help protect our police officers, firefighters, ambulance workers, tow truck drivers, and construction workers on busy Alberta roadways.
What are the laws?
Drivers and motorcyclists must slow to 60km/ph (or less if the posted speed is lower) when passing stopped emergency vehicles, tow trucks, or gas utility vehicles that have their flashing lights on and are on the same side of the highway. In construction zones, follow the posted speed.
In most cases, signs will state if workers or are on site.
When workers or emergency responders are present, fines for speeding int those areas are doubled.
What are the doubled fines?
Speed Demerit points Taken Fine Range
1-15km 2 $78-120 Includes surcharge becomes $156-241
16-30km 3 $140-239, includes surcharge becomes $280-478
31-50km 4 $253-474, includes surcharge becomes $506-949
Over 51km 6 Mandatory Court appearance. Fines are at the discretion of the Court.
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