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Traffic Safety in Alberta 

Impaired driving is the traffic safety focus for December

Hard facts about impaired driving

  • When you drink and then drive, alcohol affects your judgment, reaction time and perception;

  • 444 people were killed and 6,649 people were injured in alcohol-related collisions (2009 to 2013);

  • Plan ahead for a safe way home.

The consequences of drinking and driving

  • Choosing to drive while impaired by drugs or alcohol can get you a criminal record and can 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 licence 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 driving;

  • 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;

  • A refusal to provide a breath sample, refusing to comply with a demand for physical sobriety tests or refusal to provide bodily fluid samples is a criminal offence;

  • If you are charged with a criminal impaired driving offence, you will lose your licence immediately until all of your criminal impaired driving related charges are resolved.

Learn more on Alberta’s Administrative Licence Suspension.

Read more information about impaired driving prevention in Alberta.

Watch the Trading Places video.

Listen to the Road Rash radio spots.

Estimate your blood alcohol concentration.


Last Updated November 30, 2014