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Doctor wants tougher distracted-driving bill

The director of the Alberta Centre for Injury Control and Research saysthere should be tougher rules in the province’s proposeddistracted-driving legislation.

The director of the Alberta Centre for Injury Control and Research says there should be tougher rules in the province’s proposed distracted-driving legislation.

Dr. Don Voaklander says the law should include banning the use of hands-free cellphones as well as hand-held devices.

The doctor says there’s significant research that suggests that the distraction from hands-free devices is close to that of a hand-held cellphone.

But Paul Oss with Alberta Transportation says banning hands-free phone chats while driving is not enforceable.

“How do you know that they’re actually using a hands-free phone? They could be talking to themselves, they could be singing,” Oss said.

 
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