What You Need to Know:
- Graduated Driver Licensing is a program designed to improve road safety by creating a low risk, controlled environment for new drivers, regardless of age. The GDL program ensures that new drivers get the support, skills and experience they need to handle the complex task of driving.
- Alberta's Distracted Driving Law restricts the use of handheld electronic devices, reading printed materials in the vehicle, writing, printing, or sketching and personal grooming. Penalties are $300 and three demerit points. Visit the distracted driving legislation page for more information.
New driver facts:
- One in five new drivers is involved in a collision during their first two years of driving.
- Over five years, 211 young drivers and motorcyclists (aged 14-24) were killed and 12,079 were injured in collisions (2013-2017).
- Although young drivers represented 13.3 per cent of the province's registered drivers in 2017, they comprised more than 18 per cent of the drivers involved in casualty collisions.
- More than two in five young drivers killed in a collision were not wearing their seat belt (2013-2017).
Distracted driving facts:
- Since September 1, 2011, when distracted driving legislation was introduced, through March 31, 2019, there have been 186,564 convictions.
- 97 per cent of these convictions were for using a hand-held electronic device while driving.
- There were 23,439 convictions for distracted driving in Alberta last year (April 1, 2018 to March 31, 2019).
- Research indicates that driver distraction contributes to 20 to 30 per cent of all collisions.
- Distracted drivers are three times more likely to be involved in a collision than attentive drivers.
- The fine for distracted driving is $300 and three demerit points.