Traffic Safety in Alberta
Impaired driving is the traffic safety focus
Hard facts about impaired driving:
When you drink and then drive, alcohol affects
your judgment, reaction time and perception.
From 2008 to 2012, 471 people were killed and
7397 people were injured in collisions involving at least one
driver who had consumed alcohol prior to the crash.
Plan ahead for a safe way home.
The consequences of
drinking and driving:
Choosing to drive while impaired 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.
If your Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) is
greater than .05, you may face an immediate 3-day license
suspension and a 3-day vehicle seizure on your first offence.
If the police determine your ability to operate
a vehicle has been impaired by alcohol or drugs, even if your
BAC is below .08, you can be charged criminally with impaired
Police may disqualify you from driving for 24
hours if they believe your ability to drive is affected by
drugs, alcohol, a medical condition or physical ability.
Like a refusal to provide a breath sample,
refusing to comply with a demand for physical sobriety tests or
to provide bodily fluid samples is a criminal offence.
If you are charged with a criminal impaired
driving offence, you will lose your license immediately until
all of your criminal impaired driving related charges are
If you encounter a
suspected impaired driver, record the vehicle license plate
number and dial 911 anywhere in the province.
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The Government of Alberta has implemented
tougher drinking and driving laws
that will discourage this behaviour and encourage greater personal
responsibility when behind the wheel.
November 29, 2013