By Alain Saffel
It’s that time of year again. Summer’s over and kids are heading back to school; a time when we should all be extra careful out on the roads.
It’s also an appropriate time for Alberta’s distracted driving law to come into effect, so keep that in mind on the way to dropping your kids off at school or on the way to work.
Just to remind you, you’re not allowed to use hand-held cell phones, text or email, use any electronic devices while driving, use your GPS, read printed materials, no writing or sketching and no personal grooming. It applies to all roads and all vehicles.
If you’re caught doing any of the above you could face a fine of $172.
I’m all in favour of this new law. My hope is that it actually will make the roads safer and people will obey it. You’d think common sense would suffice, but it was obviously necessary to bring in the law in the first place.
When I got my motorcycle license and started riding around Edmonton, I was appalled (infuriated?) at the number of drivers I’ve seen texting and talking on cell phones. How about the lady looking at photos on an iPod Touch with the device right in front of her eyes? It wasn’t at a stoplight. It was on Wayne Gretzky Drive doing 80.
Distracted drivers are easy to spot. They’re typically straddling lanes, weaving all over the road, cutting others off, sitting at a green light while the rest of the traffic moves, going too slow, looking down while driving, etc.
I’d like to think this new law will solve the problem and that the roads will become safer. Call me a cynic but I think we’re just going to see more cases of people putting their devices down where they hope no one will see.
Do you think it’s going to have any effect?