DISTRACTED DRIVING LEGISLATION (BILL 16)
Frequently Asked Questions
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Distracted driving reduces awareness, decision-making and performance leading to increased risk of driver error and collisions. It only takes a second for a collision to occur – keep your focus on the road and not on your electronics.
Last year, there were 25,913 convictions for distracted driving in Alberta (April 1, 2013 to March 31, 2014);
Since the legislation came into effect there were 60,216 convictions for distracted driving in Alberta (September 1, 2011 through March 31, 2014);
Research indicates that driver distraction contributes to 20 to 30 per cent of all collisions;
Distracted drivers are three times more likely to be involved in a collision than attentive drivers;
A car going 50 km/h travels about 13.9 metres (45 feet) in one second. One second is enough to be distracted, leading to a collision.
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