Demerits for distracted drivers in Alberta

Edmonton, December 11 (CINEWS): Come January 1, distracted drivers in Alberta will be hit with demerits. This move by the provincial government has been applauded by police and anyone who has been affected by driving accidents.distracteddrving
Under a private members bill which was passed last spring, Albertans caught texting or engaging in any other kind of distracted driving will be slapped with three demerit points in addition to a $287 fine.
According to police penalizing drivers using demerits is a more effective way to enforce distracted driving laws because repeat offenders risk losing their licences.
The applicable section of the traffic act was amended by cabinet this week and announced Wednesday as an order in council.
Edmonton police Chief Rod Knecht, Alberta RCMP commanding officer Marianne Ryan and Jeff Kasbrick from the Alberta Motor Association will join Mason along with Renaye Wade, a woman who was badly injured after she was struck by a distracted driver.

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