Grande Prairie, Alberta – On Nov. 6, 2019 the Grande Prairie Municipal Traffic Unit conducted a traffic operation with a focus on distracted driving and occupant restraints. As a result of the operation, a total of 30 charges were laid.
Previously, the unit conducted similar operations on Sept. 13, 2019 and Oct. 1, 2019 both resulting in over 20 charges laid on each date.
Current research conducted by the Traffic Injury Research Foundation (TIRF) indicates that distracted driving can be just as dangerous as impaired driving. The largest contributing factors in collisions resulting in injury or fatality continue to be speeding, aggressive driving, distracted driving, and occupants not wearing or improperly wearing their seatbelt.
Motorists are reminded that the current specified penalty for a distracted driving offence is $287.00 in addition to 3 demerit points applied on the date of conviction. Current legislation dictates that 15 or more accumulated demerit points, or 8 for a Novice/GDL driver, within a period of 2 years will trigger a licence suspension.
Between Sep. 1, 2011, when distracted driving legislation was introduced, and March 31, 2018, 97 per cent of distracted driving-related convictions were for using a hand-held electronic device while driving.
Grande Prairie RCMP are asking the public to please contribute to safer roads in their community by modelling safe driving behaviours.
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