Calgary: Distracted Driving Blitz Hits Plenty of Motorists Hard

Update:

Calgary police issued hundreds of distracted driving tickets to motorists in their latest "distracted driving blitz".
Calgary police issued hundreds of distracted driving tickets to motorists in their latest “distracted driving blitz”. Alberta has one of the most severe distracted driving laws in Canada. Ontario is on the verge of introducing Bill 116 an Act to introduce three (3) demerit points (which weren’t there before) and a huge fine (presently $155 – now starting at $300 up to $700) for all distracted driving violations.

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Calgary police officers caught drivers using laptops, grooming and even sketching during a recent crackdown on distracted driving.

On Monday, police announced that 465 tickets were issued when officers went undercover to nab distracted drivers over five days last week.

Police issued a list of the most common distracted driving violations:

  • Using handheld cellphones.
  • Texting or emailing.
  • Using electronic devices like laptop computers, video games, cameras, video entertainment displays and programming portable audio players.
  • Entering information on GPS units.
  • Reading printed materials in the vehicle.
  • Writing, printing or sketching.
  • Personal grooming.

There have been 665 collisions so far this year involving distracted drivers, according to police.

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