Quote: Originally Posted by Ron in ReginaGovernment of Alberta Ministry of Transportation: Strengthening Alberta’s approach to impaired driving (external - login to view)
With that in mind, isn't BC the place that yoinks your licence, and impounds your vehicle,
for 24hrs from the roadside without the due process of a court date, judgement, etc...?
Whoops...based upon 0.04ml/l
1.What has changed?
The changes introduced include progressive administrative penalties for drivers with blood alcohol levels of .05 or greater, tougher penalties for drivers over .08 and a stronger zero tolerance policy for new drivers.
2.What are the administrative penalties for drivers with a BAC of .05 to .08?
Previously, drivers caught with a blood alcohol concentration of .05 or greater were subject to a 24-hour suspension. Under Alberta’s new rules, these drivers get:
■A roadside sanction of a 3 day licence suspension and 3 day vehicle seizure for the first offence
■A roadside sanction of a 15 day suspension and 7 day vehicle seizure for the second offence plus a mandatory remedial course and may be referred to the Alberta Transportation Safety Board by the Registrar
■A roadside sanction of a 30 day suspension and 7 day vehicle seizure for third and subsequent offences plus a mandatory review by the Alberta Transportation Safety Board and a remedial course
3.What do these changes mean for new drivers?
Alberta requires new drivers to maintain a blood alcohol level of zero. Now, if they are stopped with any blood alcohol level at all, they face an immediate 30 day suspension and 7 day vehicle seizure. Each 30 day suspension will require an additional 1 year in the Graduated Licence Program.
4.How are these changes tougher on drivers caught driving over .08?
■Drivers who are over .08 continue to face criminal charges.
■As an added penalty and to keep our roads safer, their licences are now suspended immediately until their charges are resolved.
■These drivers now face a 3 or 7 day vehicle seizure.
■The use of ignition interlock devices has been expanded. For example, a first conviction nets a full year with the interlock, up from a discretionary six months. A second conviction requires 3 years of interlock and a third conviction requires 5 years of interlock.