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Demerit Points Now Added to Distracted Driving Fine

Beginning January 1st, 2016, Alberta residents charged with distracted driving will be hit with three demerit points on their driving record, in addition to the existing $287 fine. As the last province in the country to add demerit points to its distracted driving law, the government hopes this new provision will deter drivers from distracting activities, saying that the fine alone was not enough.
Fully licensed drivers who receive 15 or more demerit points within two years will face a one-month suspension of their license. Those in the Graduated Driver Licensing Program will have their license suspended after eight demerit points.

What is distracted driving?

One of the most common responses an officer receives when handing out a ticket for distracted driving in Calgary is, “I didn’t know!” So what counts as distracted driving? You can be ticketed for any of the following, even while stopped at a red light:

  • Using handheld cell phones

  • Texting or emailing

  • Entering information into a GPS unit

  • Programming portable audio players, such as MP3 players

  • Writing, printing or sketching

  • Using electronic devices, including, laptops, video games, cameras and video entertainment displays

  • Personal grooming such as brushing or flossing teeth, applying makeup, curling hair, clipping nails and shaving

You can be pulled over and fined for any of these offences, even if it doesn’t appear to be affecting your ability to operate the vehicle. You could also be charged with distracted driving if you have a loose pet in your vehicle and it’s distracting you in any way.

How to avoid getting a distracted driving ticket in Calgary

Talking on cell phones and texting are among the most common offences. Simply switching to a hands-free device is the easiest answer. There is some confusion about activities that do not fall under the distracted driving law. These include:

  • Drinking beverages

  • Eating a snack

  • Smoking

  • Talking to passengers

  • Listening to the radio, CDs or MP3s (as long as it’s set up before you start driving)

  • Using your GPS (as long as it’s set up before you start driving)

  • Calling 9-1-1

  • Using a CB or two-way radio for employment purposes

What if you’re wrongly accused?

If you have been wrongly accused of distracted driving, We Defend can help. Our team of professionals have been defending traffic tickets in Calgary for over 20 years, and proudly maintain a success rate of 98 percent. Don’t let demerit points ruin your life. Contact us today!

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