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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.

  • In 2012, 4.1 per cent of drivers involved in injury collisions had either been drinking or were judged to have been impaired.

  • For the same year, 19.6 per cent of drivers involved in fatal collisions had been drinking or were impaired.

  • As the severity of the collision increased from non-fatal to fatal, the involvement of alcohol dramatically increased.

The consequences of drinking and driving:

  • The limits have not changed - but the penalties for exceeding them have

  • 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 now receives 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 stronger sanctions if they consume any alcohol and drive. These drivers receive an immediate 30-day licence suspension and a seven-day vehicle seizure.

Check out some of our media related to impaired driving:
Listen to the long weekend radio advertising – impaired driving:

Learn more on Alberta's Administrative Licence Suspension.

Read more information about impaired driving prevention in Alberta.

For driving tips, visit

Watch the Trading Places video.

Listen to the Road Rash radio spots.

Estimate your blood alcohol concentration here.

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.

Hosting a summer party? Get tips here.

Make the right choice for everyone – plan ahead!

Last Updated August 15, 2014