Today, September 1, 2011, a new law went into effect in Alberta, Canada. The Distracted Driving Law bans drivers from engaging in activities that take their focus off the road. The Government of Alberta passed the law to ensure driver's safety and prevent traffic accidents. Drivers found in violation of the new law will have to pay a $172 fine.
The new law restricts activities that distract drivers and cause them to take their eyes off the road. Drivers will be pulled over and issued a ticket for calling, texting or emailing on a handheld cell phone, using electronic devices like laptops and video games, writing, reading and any personal grooming (flossing, shaving or putting on lipstick).
For more information on the Distracted Driving Law, check out the Government of Alberta's transportation website.