According to the latest data released by the province, Calgary has nearly halved its number of distracted driving convictions in the past 5 years, with 4,395 distracted driving convictions for the year ending March 31, 2019, down from 7,713 convictions in Calgary in 2019,is reporting.
During the same time period, however, distracted convictions in Edmonton have increased by 42% while also being the only city in Alberta where the number of convictions has increased over the last 5 years.
But in terms of the rate of distracted driving convictions, Edmonton was far from the highest, with rates of 95.8 per 10,000 drivers in Medicine Hat and 105 per 10,000 in Lethbridge.
The data also shows that drivers aged 16-17 actually had one of the lowest rates of distracted driving, at 4.2 per 1,000 licenced drivers, whereas drivers aged 30-34 had the worst rate of 10.7 per 1,000 licenced drivers.
Distracted driving contributed to an estimated 21 per cent of fatal collisions and 27 per cent of serious injury collisions across Canada in 2019, according to Transport Canada’s National Collision Database.
More men were also convicted of distracted driving last year than women — 14,474 men across the province, compared to 8,964 women. That gender imbalance has stayed fairly consistent over the past five years.
The penalty for distracted driving in Alberta is a $287 fine and three licence demerit points.