Changes to impaired driving laws
Alberta’s impaired driving laws are changing effective December 1, 2020. A new Roadside Sanction program will keep our roads safer by providing serious and immediate consequences for all impaired drivers. Read Freeing up police and courts to make Alberta safer for more information.
The Alberta Zero Alcohol/Drug Tolerance Program applies to drivers with a Class 7 Learner's Licence or Class 5 - Graduated Driver's Licence (GDL). These drivers must have a zero (0.00) blood alcohol concentration or blood drug concentration when driving.
In addition to the provincial sanctions below, drivers will also be subject to any criminal charges and federal penalties imposed by the court.
For more information, see the Alberta Zero Alcohol/Drug Tolerance Program Information Sheet.
First and subsequent times
You will receive:
- an immediate 30-day licence suspension
- a 7-day vehicle seizure
For each 30-day suspension received during the final year of the Graduated Driver Licensing Program, you will be required to remain in the GDL program for an additional year.
Immediate roadside appeal
You can request a second breath test on a different instrument for alcohol to confirm your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) or a blood test for drugs to confirm your blood drug concentration.
Appeals to the Alberta Transportation Safety Board
Through the Alberta Transportation Safety Board you can:
- appeal an Alberta Zero Alcohol/Drug Tolerance Program suspension
- appeal a 7-day or more vehicle seizure
For information on appeals, contact:
Alberta Transportation Safety Board
Hours: 8:15 am to 12:00 pm, and 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm (open Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays)
To pay a fine, go to the Online fine payment page.