22 young people facing distracted driving charges are got the opportunity for a mulligan of sorts.
As part of a pilot project the RCMP gave drivers a chance to take part in a three hour information session about the dangers of driving while distracted. In turn, the RCMP will recommend to the Crown that their distracted driving charge be withdrawn.
Sgt. Darrin Turnbull says the seminar included a chat with a 22 year-old woman who now lives with life-changing injuries after she crashed her car while texting.
Turnbull adds that everyday people are affected by distracted driving, but it’s something that is more prominent in young people.
“They’re so connected socially through that phone that if the text message sound goes off it’s almost like it’s wrong to not check it, like they’re ignoring their best friend or something along that line”.
The session is happened Saturday morning in the northeast at a go-cart track.
One of those in attendance was Hayley McLellan who says she walked away with a new perspective.
“The photos that were shown terrify me. I don’t want that to happen to anyone I know or to me” she said, noting that she’s going to keep her phone in her back seat from now on.
A distracted driving charge in Alberta comes with a $287 fine and three demerit points.