Strengthening Alberta's Approach to Impaired Driving
Our province's new impaired driving law will help to reduce the number of drinking drivers on our roads - and that means fewer deaths and serious injuries. Drivers who are criminally impaired or refuse to provide a breath sample will receive the harshest penalties. And, these drivers will still be charged with a criminal offence. Tougher consequences at the .05 to .08 level are designed to discourage drinking and driving - before drivers reach the criminally impaired level. Our goal is to create safer roads by ensuring that Albertans take responsibility for their actions behind the wheel.
Alberta is focusing on those who receive Criminal Code offences, repeat offenders and new drivers.
Education and enforcement are both key to Alberta's approach.
This made-in-Alberta approach focuses on changing behaviours through mandatory courses and ignition interlock use.
Alberta does not believe that fines are the solution. These changes do not include fines or demerit points.
This legislation does not prevent responsible Albertans from having a drink with dinner or friends.
Our focus is safer roads.
Starting July 1, 2012 for Drivers with Blood Alcohol Over .08:
Immediate licence suspension which is sustained until criminal charge is resolved.