Drivers complying with new distracted driver legislation | DrumhellerMail
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Drivers complying with new distracted driver legislation

    It is a month into the new Distracted Driving legislation, and by and large it appears residents are learning to hang up on the road.
    The local detachment has been enforcing the new law, which bans the use of hand held cell phones and a number of other activities that could distract a driver while they are behind the wheel.
    “I think the majority of the people are compliant, but there are still some people that think it is more important to take that phone call or text when they are driving,” said Corporal Kevin Charles.
    He said by last week they have issued about a half dozen tickets and about the same number of warnings.  By and large the violations have been for using a cell phone, although he knows of one where a woman was applying lipstick while she was on the road.
    “It is going to be a lot like seatbelts.  I remember as a kid there was no seatbelt law in Alberta. When that changed over, I am sure the public was up in arms, and there was a time period before people realized. And now everyone knows that when you get in a car you wear a seatbelt,” said Charles.
    “In a few more months it will become a positive habit for people.”

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