One step closer to stricter distracted driving penalties in Alberta

One step closer to stricter distracted driving penalties in Alberta

Global News

EDMONTON – A bill that could increase penalties for distracted driving is closer to being put into action.

Calgary MLA Moe Amery is pushing the province to increase the fine from $172 to $250, as well as adding three demerit points to the driver’s license.

Bill 204, a private member’s bill put forward by Amery, passed third reading on Monday night. Amery introduced the bill in December saying the current deterrent wasn’t enough.

READ MORE: Alberta MLA wants to beef up distracted driving penalty

Alberta’s Justice Minister Jonathan Denis has said he’s spoken with local police agencies and demerit points are something  they want to pursue.

Alberta’s distracted driving law came into effect in Sept. 2011. The number of tickets issued continues to grow since the law came into effect, according to police.

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

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These bad driving habits need to be outlawed already

These bad driving habits need to be outlawed already

New and Used Car Reviews, Comparisons and News | Driving

We rattle on at length about the stupid, illegal things people do while they’re driving. What about the stupid legal – or debatably and/or grey area legal – things that people do?

1. I’ve watched this one happen more than once, and it’s always like a telegraphed slow motion train wreck. You can see it coming. In bumper to bumper traffic in lousy weather, someone will be speeding along in the HOV lane. Yup, they’re one of the special ones and it’s legal and I’m jealous when I can’t do it, but watch that long line of red lights cramming the lanes beside zippedy-do-dah alley. If something mucks up over there, they’re going to dodge right into that open space to the left. By all means take advantage of your advantage, but continue to drive as if anything ahead of you could – and will – happen.

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The top five biggest reasons for failing a driving test

The top five biggest reasons for failing a driving test

New and Used Car Reviews, Comparisons and News | Driving

Giving your kid tips on passing their driving test? Why not start with the top reasons they might fail?

Tim Danter owns the DriveWise school in Oakville, Ont. He’s prepared thousands of teenagers for their roadway rite of passage.

Additionally, he carries out assessments for corporate fleets of drivers of all ages, getting a front row seat to how our driving improves as we age – and how it deteriorates.

Parallel parking: Eavesdrop on a roomful of 18-year-olds discussing their final road test, and you’ll hear a lot of talk about parallel parking. This was the bugaboo when I was getting my test; surely it’s a myth?

“No, you mess up the parallel parking badly enough, you’ll flunk your test,” according to Danter. “It’s about positioning, but it’s also about jumping the curb or not having control of the vehicle as you back up.”

Dangerous action: “If the examiner has…

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