Southern Alberta man gets heavier fine after 13th distracted driving conviction

AIRDRIE, Alta. – A southern Alberta motorist has been convicted of distracted driving for the 13th time.

The 40-year-old appeared in Airdrie Provincial Court on Tuesday after receiving a mandatory summons and was fined $2,000 in addition to the $300 ticket.

Distracted driving became illegal in the province on September 1, 2011, and the man received his first ticket for distracted driving the same day.

He has since paid a total of $7,655 in fines for the 13 violations.

sergeant. Darrin Turnbull says the RCMP wanted to draw attention to this case to make Albertans aware of the magnitude of these penalties.

The RCMP says distracted driving is the main cause of more than 20% of all crashes and that distracted drivers are three times more likely than attentive drivers to be involved in a crash.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on September 27, 2022



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