In the month of February, the Alberta Traffic Safety Calendar primary focus is distracted driving. Distracted Driving is an ongoing issue here in the Alberta. Distracted driving causes collisions that result in injuries and fatalities.
Here is what you cannot do while driving:
Did you know all these activities are not permitted when stopped at red light, or in a drive-thru? Fine amount is $287.00 and three demerit points.
Here is what you can do:
Under the Traffic Safety Act, an emergency vehicle includes Police, Peace Officer, Sheriff, Fire Response Units, Ambulance, and Gas Disconnection Units. Drivers of emergency vehicles are permitted to use hand-held communication devices or any other electronic devices when acting within the scope of their employment.
Go to: http://www.transportation.alberta.ca/distracteddriving.htm for more information.
Stricter drunk driving legislation took effect across Canada on December 18, 2018 giving police officers the right to demand a breath sample from any driver they lawfully stop. Under the new changes, law enforcement agencies across the country will be to demand a breathalyzer test even if a motorist showing no signs of alcohol impairment. Previously police officers needed reasonable grounds to conduct a breath test which included slurred speech, bloodshot eyes, smell of alcohol and driver stumbling or admitting to recent consumption.
Did you know...
Licence Suspension Program
All drivers who are reasonably believed to be criminally impaired, who fail or refuse to provide a fluid sample, or are found to be over the legal limits for alcohol, cannabis or cannabis/alcohol combination, will be subject to the following sanctions:
Drivers who do not participate in the ignition interlock program will remain suspended for the year. These sanctions are in addition to criminal charges and any and all penalties imposed by the court. There are no changes to the post-conviction requirements.
Drivers under the Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) program found to have any amount of cannabis or illegal drugs in their blood are now subject to the same provincial sanctions that apply to alcohol, including:
GDL drivers who meet the requirements for criminal level impaired driving will be subject to any and all provincial sanctions and criminal penalties that apply.
The changes to the law are intended to curb injuries and deaths related to drunk driving. It is estimated that, on average, across Canada 1200 people are killed by impaired drivers each year. In comparison an average of approximately 500 people are victims of homicides in Canada each year.
I am of the opinion that the more drivers checked by our law enforcement officers, the greater the chance to get impaired drivers off our roadways and reduce the risk of themselves or others getting injured or killed.
Stay safe and don't drive impaired!
If you have any questions, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Community Safety Director
McLeod Community League would like to acknowledge the land on which we are located is Treaty 6 territory, and is a traditional meeting ground, a travelling route and home for many Indigenous peoples such as the Cree, Blackfoot, Saulteaux, Metis and other Indigenous peoples.