Tougher distracted driving fines in Alberta now include demerit points

Dec 19 2017, 2:55 am

Thinking of sending a quick text while you’re at a stop sign or red light? You shouldn’t because it’s not only unsafe but as of January 1, 2016, drivers in Alberta will face stiffer fines when found violating the distracted driving laws.

With this new legislation, drivers (both motor vehicles and bicycles) will be fined $287 for distracted driving and also receive three demerit points. The City of Calgary will also be stepping up enforcement along the Cycle Track network this spring.

Distracted driving laws include texting, using your mobile phone and other electronic devices, personal grooming, reading, or entering commands into your GPS.