What's Up Now: RCMP Release

Date: April 27, 2021Share

RCMP: Distracted Driving & Pedestrian Safety

Spring has arrived and St. Albert RCMP wanted to take the time to remind the community that both drivers and pedestrians are responsible for safety. Roadways are very dynamic environments with situations and circumstances that can change quickly. By taking your eyes off of the road for even a moment you increase the chance of a collision or accident.

Alberta’s distracted driving law applies to all vehicles and roads in Alberta, as defined by the Traffic Safety Act. Driver’s are reminded that the Traffic Safety Act restricts drivers from doing any of the following, even while stopped at red lights or a crosswalk:

The penalty for distracted driving in Alberta is a $300 fine and 3 demerit points.

Pedestrians have the right of way in crosswalks, but pedestrians also have the responsibility to cross safely. Motorists need to know the laws around stopping for pedestrians in crosswalks and ensure while they are stopped, they are not distracted by cellular devices or otherwise.

Safety tips for drivers:Safety tips for pedestrians:St. Albert RCMP encourage the public to report any criminal or suspicious activity to the RCMP Detachment at 780-458-7700. Reports tell us where to look, who to look for, and where to patrol in the future. If you see a crime in progress, dial 911. If you wish to remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), online at www.P3Tips.com or by using the “P3 Tips” app available through the Apple App or Google Play Store.

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