Alberta police don't want you to whip your phones out when you come across accidents on the road. 

In an email sent to Narcity, Redcliff RCMP said five drivers were fined recently after they were caught taking photos of a tractor-trailer rollover. These Alberta distracted driving fines amounted to $1500 in total. 

The rollover occurred at around 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 29. 

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In total, 5 tickets were issued for distracted driving, the penalty for which is a $300 fine. 

Redcliffe RCMP

The release added that one of the fined drivers were driving a "commercial vehicle."

As for the rollover itself, it took place in Redcliff, a town in southern Alberta

"Redcliff RCMP, along with Cypress County Fire, were dispatched to a tractor-trailer rollover in the eastbound lanes of Highway 1, west of Suffield," said the release. 

Their investigation revealed that a tire had burst on the unit just before the rollover. The driver of the tractor-trailer was seriously injured and was airlifted to Foothills Hospital in Calgary. 

It was during this subsequent investigation when police noticed the drivers taking photos of the scene with their cellphones. Therefore, RCMP are reminding the public that it's illegal to drive on the highway while holding a phone or any communications device. 

The article's cover photo was used for illustrative purposes only. 

 
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