By MorinvilleNews.com Staff
Morinville – Local RCMP will have their eyes open for those drivers whose eyes are anywhere but on the road. Each month law enforcement throughout the province focus on an different aspect of traffic safety and February has been designated as distracted driving month under the Alberta Traffic Safety Plan.
Police will be stepping up their efforts to reduce the harm caused by distracted driving and to remind motorists the province’s new distracted driving law came into effect last September.
Morinville RCMP along with their law enforcement partners will be stepping up their efforts to reduce the harm cause by “distracted drivers”. Albertans are reminded that our province’s new distracted driving law came into effect September 1, 2011.
Under the new law drivers are not to use a hand-held cell phone, texting or e-mailing, or use any electronic device. That restriction extends to entering information into a GPS and reading printed materials while driving. Personal grooming is also frowned on under the new law and police will be on the lookout for such driving behaviours. Those caught could face a $172 fine for their offence.
The Morinville RCMP are reminding drivers driving in the winter is challenging enough with the unpredictable weather, reduced visibility and poor driving conditions. Adding distracted driving to the mix could have fatal consequences.