New distracted driving penalties include $287 fine

New distracted driving penalties include $287 fine

New distracted driving penalties include $287 fine

The new year is going to be rather very tough for distracted drivers in Alberta. The fine for distracted driving is going to be huge. Besides there are going to be other consequences.

There is no denying the fact that harsher rules are going to improve road safety in Alberta. The cases of distracted driving are on an upswing.

Brian Mason, Minister of Transportation has been quoted as saying, “From September 2011 to March of this year, there were more than 87,000 convictions for distracted driving, and despite our best efforts, distracted driving remains a real danger, with convictions increasing year over year. Given these numbers, we are following through on Albertans’ wishes for stronger penalties for distracted driving.”

driving and textingThe government has increased fines on such drivers. Penalties for distracted driving now will cost drivers a $287 fine and three demerit points. The move puts Alberta in line with other provinces, that already have demerit points for distracted driving, Transportation Minister Brian Mason told The Canadian Press recently.

In fact the conviction in distracted driving is going up pretty fast. Since September 1, 2011, when distracted driving legislation was introduced, through March 31, 2015, there have been 87,633 convictions. The trend has been an increased number of convictions, with more than 27,000 between April 2014 and March 31, 2015. Ninety-seven per cent of these convictions were for using a hand-held electronic device while driving. During 2014-15, male drivers accounted for two-thirds of all convictions. Young male drivers, aged 22 to 34 years, had the highest conviction rates.

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