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Impaired Driving

DON'T DRINK AND DRIVE.

Make Changes, Not Excuses.

Alberta’s impaired driving law will help to reduce the number of drinking drivers on our roads – and that means fewer deaths and serious injuries. Tougher consequences at the .05 to .08 level are designed to discourage drinking and driving – before drivers reach the criminally impaired level. The goal is to create safer roads by ensuring that Albertans take responsibility for their actions behind the wheel.

The biggest mistake any driver can make is to get behind the wheel if they are impaired. 

For drivers with blood alcohol over .08:

  • Criminal charge
  • Immediate licence suspension which is sustained until criminal charge is resolved.
  • 1st charge: sustained licence suspension and 3-day vehicle seizure, “Planning Ahead” course.
  • 2nd charge: sustained licence suspension, 7-day vehicle seizure, “Impact” course.
  • 3rd charge: sustained licence suspension, 7-day vehicle seizure, “Impact” course.
  • Mandatory ignition interlock after criminal conviction – 1 year for 1st conviction; 3 years for 2nd conviction; 5 years for 3rd conviction.

For drivers with Blood Alcohol .05 to .08:

  • 1st offence - Immediate 3-day licence suspension and 3-day vehicle seizure.
  • 2nd offence - Immediate 15-day licence suspension, 7-day vehicle seizure, “Planning Ahead” course.
  • 3rd offence - Immediate 30-day licence suspension, 7-day vehicle seizure, “Impact” course.

For new (GDL) drivers with blood alcohol over .00

  • GDL driver found with any blood alcohol - Immediate 30-day licence suspension and 7-day vehicle seizure

Facts:

  • Choosing to drive while impaired by drugs or alcohol can get you a criminal record and will cost you: your freedom, your dignity, your job, your chance of future employment and even your life. 
  • Driving under the influence of marijuana is impaired driving. 
  • Plan ahead for safe transportation. There are alternatives to impaired driving. 
    • Designate a driver who will not drink for the evening. 
    • Stay overnight if you are at a friend's or family member's home. 
    • Take the bus. Call a cab. Don't drive. 
  • Make the safe choice for everyone - don't drive if you have been drinking, using drugs or are fatigued. 
  • If you see an impaired driver, pull over and call 9-1-1.

Visit www.knowthelimits.ca

Source: Government of Alberta Transportation – www.saferoads.com


2016 Impaired Driving Gazette Advertisement

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Last edited: November 30, 2016

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