"No Grace Period" For Distracted Driving Law: Country 95.5 FM : Lethbridge News, Alberta
Country 95.5 FM

Home /Country 95.5 FM News /
"No Grace Period" For Distracted Driving Law


LETHBRIDGE: Regional Police are starting strong when it comes to Alberta's new distracted driving law, which goes into effect Thursday. Drivers can be fined for texting or talking on a hand-held cell phone and a local spokesperson says the grace period for the new rules is long over.

"In our opinion, the grace period started in June when the province implemented the media release and told everyone that on September 1, this was going to happen," said Sgt. Craig Deimuth. He said anyone caught doing something against the new rules will be treated like any other driver caught running a stop sign, speeding or driving without a seatbelt. There are no demerit points, but police can fine drivers up to $172.

The list of banned activities includes talking on a hand-held cell phone, texting or emailing, manually entering information on GPS units, reading, using a CB radio, personal grooming and using electronics like laptops, video games or cameras. But you can still use your cell in hands free mode (that means voice-activated, single touch or using an earphone). Smoking, eating a snack and drinking beverages like coffee, water or pop are also still allowed. Deimuth said the best guide as to what kinds of actions are safe is to use your "common sense."

"It's always been common sense. But it's been common sense to stop for those stop signs, wear your seatbelt and not speed also," said Deimuth. "It's unfortunate that any area province has to take legislative action to protect anyone that's using these roadways."

Posted on Tuesday, August 30, 2011 at 10/4/2015 12:52:52 PM
Source: Marion Warnica, Country 95 News - photo by Country 95 News
Latest News Articles

Unique Tours to Learn About the City's History
Tuesday, August 30, 2011 : 10/4/2015 12:52:52 PM
Annual Fall Leaf Collection Begins
Tuesday, August 30, 2011 : 10/4/2015 12:52:52 PM
Collision Causes Thousands in Damage and Sends Two to Hospital
Tuesday, August 30, 2011 : 10/4/2015 12:52:52 PM
Provincial Symposium to help cancer patients with Everyday Living
Tuesday, August 30, 2011 : 10/4/2015 12:52:52 PM
Lethbridge Unites in the Fight Against Breast Cancer
Tuesday, August 30, 2011 : 10/4/2015 12:52:52 PM
Home /Country 95.5 FM News



Country 95.5 FM
Home Promotions
Station Blogs
On Air Events
Other Links
Contact Us Alberta Equity Scholarship Program
Legal Notice Advertise with Country 95
Privacy Policy  
Connect with Country 95.5 FM