Distracted Driving in Alberta

Distracted driving penalties in Alberta have risen in 2016. Last May, the fine for distracted driving was increased from $172 to $287, making it the most expensive fine in Western Canada. Although the change was substantial, lawmakers did not find it had much of an effect on the number of distracted driving occurrences. The average number of tickets issued per month is still around 600. Continue reading




Increased Traffic Infractions During the Calgary Stampede

Stampede

Stampede is wrapping up in Calgary, which has seen its usual combination of sun, hail, and increased traffic infractions from July 3rd to 12th. Although the Stampede is based in Calgary, the whole province experiences a temporary increase in traffic density during this time of year. The influx of tourists navigating through downtown streets and major highways is a sure cause for impatient driving and unnecessary speeding, as is heavy pedestrian traffic in the intersections. Last Tuesday, Edmonton police issued 2,808 traffic tickets over a 24-hour period. 2,527 of these tickets were speeding-related, and the rest were additional violations including seatbelt infractions, impaired driving, distracted driving, traffic safety violations, and Criminal Code violations. Continue reading