Alberta's distracted driving legislation goes into effect September 1.  Under the new law, the use of hand-held cell phones and activities like texting, reading, writing, and personal grooming are restricted while driving. The new legislation applies to all vehicles as defined by the Traffic Safety Act, including bicycles. 

“This legislation is another step forward in our traffic safety efforts and an important addition to our overall traffic safety strategy,” says Minister of Transportation, Luke Ouellette. 

The fine for this offense is $172 with no demerit points. Drivers engaged in any of the identified activities can also be charged. 

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