Grande Prairie Municipal Traffic Unit and Grande Prairie Enforcement Services focused on distracted drivers last week and in half a day 51 tickets were handed out.
Officers set up the campaign Thursday from 10:30 a.m. till 4 p.m.
There were 32 drivers charged with distracted driving, 14 for seatbelt violations and five intersection related offences.
The cost of a distracted driving ticket is $287 and three demerit points.
According to a news release from RCMP, “the law applies to all motor vehicles as defined by the Traffic Safety Act. It restricts drivers from:
- using hand-held cell phones
- texting or e-mailing (even when stopped at red lights)
- using electronic devices like laptop computers, video games, cameras, video entertainment displays and programming portable audio players (e.g., MP3 players)
- entering information on GPS units
- reading printed materials in the vehicle
- writing, printing or sketching
- personal grooming (brushing and flossing teeth, putting on makeup, curling hair, clipping nails or shaving)
The law applies to all roads in Alberta.”