Alberta RCMP reminds motorists of the dangers of distracted driving

February 7, 2024
Edmonton, Alberta

News release

The Alberta RCMP reminds motorists of the importance of distraction-free driving. Driving requires a motorist's complete attention in order for them to be fully aware of their surroundings and other road users. When a motorist's focus is removed from the road, there is an increased risk of driver error, collision, and serious injury.

Despite the dangers of distracted driving being common knowledge, Alberta RCMP charged over 5,000 motorists in 2023 for the offence.

Remember the following points to make sure your commute is free of distractions.

  • If it impairs your driving – it's a distraction. Distracted driving is not limited to texting or talking on a handheld device while operating a vehicle — it also includes personal grooming, reading, writing, adjusting GPS or audio devices, attending to passengers or pets, and any other activity that might impair your ability to operate a vehicle safely.
  • Plan ahead. Before putting your vehicle in drive, prepare by pre-setting your hands-free device, GPS, radio or music. Do not make adjustments unless the vehicle is stopped.
  • Pull over and put it in park. If you need to text, make a call, or engage in any distracting activity, pull over where it is safe to do so and park your vehicle. Simply coming to a stop at a red light is not safe and is still considered distracted driving.

"That quick text or GPS adjustment can have big costs. A distracted driving fine is $300, but even worse than that, it can cost you your life, or someone else's" says Sergeant Darrin Turnbull, Alberta RCMP Traffic. "Distractions behind the wheel can have significant and lasting impacts, no matter how quick or harmless they may seem, or how experienced of a drive you may be. Distracted driving is dangerous and never worth the risk."

For more traffic safety information, please follow us on Facebook @RCMPinAlberta and Twitter @RCMPAlberta and follow #BadRoadmance.


Contact information

Alberta RCMP Media Relations

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