Alberta’s distracted driving legislation not changing driver habits: RCMP

Global News

EDMONTON – It’s been three years since the Alberta government introduced distracted driving legislation, but police are still handing out plenty of tickets to drivers not adhering to the law.

RCMP Cpl. Chris Little says the legislation hasn’t improved driving habits.

“After three years we’ve seen the incidents actually rising, so it’s getting worse. I noticed when the legislation was first introduced that there was a drop off but I’ve found that it’s worse than ever.”

Read More: Enforcement of Alberta distracted driving law begins

So what’s the cause? It’s driver apathy according to Cpl. Little, and he doesn’t believe more education will solve the problem.

“I think the legislation itself, although very good, there’s not enough deterrence with it. I think we need demerit points associated to the legislation. We also need higher fines.”

Read More: ‘Crotches Kill’: Alberta government drives home dangers of distracted driving

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