Traffic Safety in Alberta
Impaired Driving is the traffic safety focus for August
Hard facts about impaired driving
When you drink and then drive,
alcohol affects your judgment, reaction time and perception.
Over five years, approximately
8,600 people were convicted of impaired driving in Alberta each
On average in Alberta, one in
five drivers involved in fatal collisions have been drinking
prior to the collision. This compares to an average of about one
in 20 drivers involved in injury collisions. As the severity of
the collision increases, so does the likelihood the collision
will involve a drinking driver.
On average each year almost 90
people were killed and 1,330 people were injured in collisions
involving at least one driver who had consumed alcohol prior to
the crash (2009-2013). In 2013, 80 people were killed and 1,133
The consequences of drinking
A driver with a blood alcohol
concentration (BAC) over .08 or who refuses to provide a breath
sample is charged under the Criminal Code. In addition, that
driver will receive an immediate licence suspension, which
remains in place until the criminal charge is resolved. The
driver’s vehicle is also seized.
A driver with a BAC between .05
and .08 receives an immediate three-day licence suspension and a
three-day vehicle seizure. The length of the licence suspension
and the vehicle seizure increase for repeat offences.
Those with a graduated driver’s
licence also face sanctions if they consume any alcohol and
drive. These drivers receive an immediate 30-day licence
suspension and a seven-day vehicle seizure.
Learn more on
Administrative Licence Suspension.
Read more information about
driving prevention in Alberta.
Trading Places video.
Listen to the
Road Rash radio spots.
Estimate your blood alcohol concentration
Studies show that a person’s driving ability is impaired at a blood
alcohol level of .05. To find out more, go to
Know the Limits.
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July 30, 2015