New program

The AALS Program has been discontinued as of November 30, 2020 and has been replaced by the Immediate Roadside Sanctions (IRS) Program of IRS: FAIL.

Any occurrences that occur on or after December 1, 2020 will now be administered under the IRS: FAIL Program.

Overview

The Alberta Administrative Licence Suspension (AALS) Program applies to impaired driving occurrences on or before November 30, 2020 for those drivers:

  • were over the federal legal limits for alcohol, cannabis or cannabis/alcohol combination with:
    • a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08 (or 80 milligrams of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood) or more
    • a blood drug concentration (BDC) of 5 nanograms or more of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) per millilitre of blood
    • a combination of a BAC of 0.05 (50 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood) and a BDC of 2.5 nanograms or more of THC per one millilitre of blood, or
  • were over any detectable level of LSD, psilocybin, psilocin, ketamine, PCP, cocaine, methamphetamine, 6-mam, or
  • were over 5 mg/L of GHG, or
  • were reasonably believed to be impaired by drugs or alcohol or a combination of drugs and alcohol, or
  • failed or refused to provide requested breath or fluid sample(s)

For more information, see the Alberta Administrative Licence Suspension Program Information Sheet.

In addition to the provincial sanctions below, drivers would have also been subject to any criminal charges and federal penalties imposed by the court.

Regardless of the outcome of any criminal proceedings, the AALS remains in effect and drivers will be suspended for the full 90 days and one-year suspension term. The burden of proof for criminal charges is much higher than administrative sanctions, and as you were deemed unsafe at the time of the impaired driving event by law enforcement, the administrative suspension under the AALS Program still stands.

Sanctions

First occurrence within a 10-year period

You would have received:

  • a 3-day vehicle seizure
  • an immediate 90-day driver’s licence suspension where you were unable to drive under any circumstances
  • a further one-year driving suspension where you were permitted to drive if you participated in the AALS Ignition Interlock Program

If you chose not to participate in the Ignition Interlock Program, you remain suspended from driving for one year in addition to the 90-day suspension.

If criminally convicted, you would also be required to complete:

  • an one-year term in the Mandatory Ignition Interlock Program
  • Planning Ahead course

Second occurrence within a 10-year period

You would have received:

  • a 7-day vehicle seizure
  • an immediate 90-day driver’s licence suspension where you were unable to drive under any circumstances
  • a further one-year driving suspension where you were permitted to drive if you participated in the Ignition Interlock Program

If you chose not to participate in the Ignition Interlock Program, you remain suspended from driving for one year in addition to the 90-day suspension.

If criminally convicted, you would also be required to complete:

  • a 3-year term in the Mandatory Ignition Interlock Program
  • IMPACT program

Third and subsequent occurrences within a 10-year period

You would have received:

  • a 7-day vehicle seizure
  • an immediate 90-day driver’s licence suspension where you were unable to drive under any circumstances
  • a one-year driving suspension where you are permitted to drive if you participate in the Ignition Interlock Program

If you chose not to participate in the Ignition Interlock Program, you remain suspended from driving for one year in addition to the 90-day suspension.

If criminally convicted, you would also be required to complete:

  • a 5-year term in the Mandatory Ignition Interlock Program
  • IMPACT program

Contact

Connect with Driver Fitness and Monitoring:

Driver fitness monitoring contact form

Phone: 780-427-8230
Toll free: 310-0000 before the phone number (in Alberta)

Hours: 8:15 am to 12 pm, and 1 pm to 4:30 pm (open Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays)