DAS Canada

DAS Canada

October 07, 2011 13:00 ET

Road-Tripping it This Weekend? Know the Law Before Driving to Alberta, Give Thanks for Free Legal Advice

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Oct. 7, 2011) - Thanksgiving is upon us and Canadians will be hitting the road in droves as they cross provincial borders en route to visit loved-ones this long-weekend. Those heading to Alberta might want to brush up on that province's new Distracted Driving law to ensure they arrive on time, sans-fine. Since being introduced in early September, the deliberately vague law has been causing confusion among Alberta drivers, and visitors are not exempt.

If you are unfamiliar with the nuances of the regulations, DAS Canada is advising you to pick up a phone before pulling out your cheque book; the company is offering Albertans a week of free legal advice in promotion of their DASdrive policy, and visitors are welcome to take advantage of the free help line, running through Sunday. DAS Canada offers a slate of Legal Expense Insurance policies geared at making legal services more accessible to Canadians, the majority of whom neither qualify for legal aid, nor can afford extremely high lawyer fees.

"People don't realize that if you get a ticket – particularly one that you disagree with – you have options beyond simply paying the fine," said Barbara Haynes, CEO of DAS Canada. "Before anyone goes out on Alberta roads this weekend, without a clear understanding of the new law, or takes action on a ticket, they should be calling us for advice. Now they can do so - free of charge."

Through the remainder of the week, DAS Canada is opening up its legal support hotline for drivers across the province until October 9. Drivers can call 1-877-88-ADVICE (1-877-882-3842) during that period and have access to qualified legal advice on distracted driving legal issues.

Helping drivers to understand their legal options is a primary benefit of a DASdrive policy, which includes access to legal expertise when problems arise. The company's call-center provides policy holders with access to legal experts on call to assist them 8:00 am to midnight and 24/7 in emergencies.

About DAS Canada

DAS Legal Protection Insurance Company Limited (DAS Canada) is a subsidiary of DAS Group, a global leader in the ten billion dollar legal expense insurance market. DAS Group is based in Germany and is a subsidiary of ERGO, Munich Re's primary insurer in Europe and Asia. DAS Canada is committed to bringing a fresh, modern approach to the marketplace, combining a forward-thinking attitude with almost a century of expertise. A full-service specialist in legal expense insurance, DAS Canada offers access to affordable justice for individuals, groups and small and mid-sized businesses. Policies are currently available in Ontario, Alberta, British Columbia, the Atlantic provinces, and will eventually be available nation-wide. For more information, please visit www.das.ca.

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