Today, Alberta's Distracted Driving legislation officially comes into effect.
If you're wondering just how closely your driving habits will be watched with the new law in place, Corporal Darrin Turnbull of the Airdrie RCMP says the message is out and it's loud and clear.
Individual officers can use their own discretion when issuing tickets but anyone blatantly breaking the law will be fined. Turnbull adds that any law enforcement official can recall a case where distracted driving has had deadly consequences. A charge under the new law carries a $172 fine with no demerits.
As of today, you can no longer talk on your hand-held cell phone nor use your phone to text or e-mail. The use of electronic devices, reading and personal grooming are also no longer allowed.