Distracted Driving Major Focus For Alberta Law Enforcement Agencies in February

97% of the distracted driving convictions in Alberta since it became law in 2011 have been for handheld cell phone use.

One of the biggest problems for police across the province will the main focus for law enforcement agencies this month.

Officers will be targeting distracted driving over the next few weeks. 

Here in Alberta, the law restricts the use of handheld electronic devices, reading printed materials in the vehicle, writing or sketching and personal grooming.

Between 2011, when the legislation was introduced, through to last year there were more than $163,000 distracted driving convictions in the province. Almost all of those, 97% were for cell phone use.

The fine for distracted driving in Alberta is $287 and three demerit points.

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