Best Buy helps Albertans prepare for distracted driver legislation

Best Buy Mobile offers a wide selection of hands-free devices to encourage Alberta drivers to keep both hands on the wheel

Announcement Highlights:

  • On June 1, 2011 Alberta will introduce provincial legislation that will make it illegal for drivers to use handheld devices while operating their vehicles
  • Hands-free Bluetooth devices allow drivers to use their mobile devices while operating under the law
  • Best Buy Mobile carries a large selection of hands-free devices for mobile phones including Bluetooth headsets and in-car speakerphones

BURNABY, BC, May 18 /CNW/ - If you live in Alberta and haven't made the conversion yet to hands-free, now's the time. Beginning June 1, 2011, Alberta residents will be ticketed for using hand-held mobile devices including cell phones and GPS units while driving. Best Buy, Canada's fastest growing retailer and e-tailer of consumer electronics is helping Albertans prepare for the change with a wide range of products designed to make talking and driving safer.

The law, which goes into effect June 1, prohibits everything from making calls, to texting and inputting information into GPS units while driving. Drivers caught in violation of the law could face fines up to $172. Alberta is the last province in Canada to enact distracted driver legislation.

Best Buy Mobile offers a wide selection of hands-free devices to make it safer to stay connected on the road. These options include:

  • Bluetooth headsets: These wireless headsets sit in the drivers' ear, allowing them to make and receive calls with the touch of button, while still focusing on the road. Bluetooth headsets are great for drivers that are looking for a hands-free option in and out of the car. Best Buy offers Bluetooth headsets for every taste and budget, including the Platronics Explorer 240 Bluetooth ($29.99) and the Jawbone ERA Shadowbox ($129.99).

  • Bluetooth in-car speakerphones: These wireless devices hang from your visor and amplify your caller through a small speaker and microphone. In-car speakerphones are great for drivers that only need to be hands-free when they're on the road and allow you to be entirely handsfree by controlling the device using only your voice. Some of the in-car speakerphonesavailable at Best Buy include the Blueant S4 Voice Controlled Car Kit (139.99) and the Plantronics K100 In-Car Speakerphone ($69.99).

  • GPS equipped with voice recognition software: Because the handsfree legislation doesn't stop at phone calls, Best Buy offers a variety of GPS units that come with voice recognition software, including the TomTom VIA 1400 GPS ($159.99) and the Garmin Nuvii 1370T GPS ($249.99). For many drivers, GPS has become an essential tool. Voice recognition software lets them use their GPS safely and effectively in all driving conditions

Visit any Best Buy store and a mobile specialist will pair your Bluetooth device to your mobile phone for no charge. See our current offerings of Bluetooth and hands-free devices at

About Best Buy Mobile
Best Buy Mobile is the wireless retail unit of Best Buy Canada Ltd. offering the best selection of phones, carriers, and accessories, and run by impartial mobile specialists who help customers choose the phone that is right for them. In addition, the complimentary Walk-out-Working service ensures each customer leaves the store with their phone fully operational including free email setup on smart phones, free data transfer from your old phone to your new one, and free Bluetooth pairing to your new phone. Best Buy Mobile offers complete, end-to-end mobile solutions to enable users to discover and get the most out of their mobile experiences, regardless of what phone they use or what network it runs on. Look for your mobile phone solution at Best Buy Mobile locations in every Best Buy store across Canada as well as in standalone stores in the GTA.

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SOURCE Best Buy Canada

For further information:

Danielle Jang
Communications Manager
Best Buy Canada

Julia Perreira
Account Supervisor
Weber Shandwick



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