Changes to impaired driving laws

Alberta’s impaired driving laws changed effective December 1, 2020. A new Immediate Roadside Sanctions program will keep our roads safer by providing serious and immediate consequences for all impaired drivers.

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The Alberta Zero Alcohol/Drug Tolerance Program applied to occurrences on or before November 30, 2020 where drivers with a Class 7 Learner's Licence or Class 5 - Graduated Driver's Licence (GDL) required a zero (0.00) blood alcohol concentration or blood drug concentration level when driving.

For more information, see the Alberta Zero Alcohol/Drug Tolerance Program Information Sheet.


First and subsequent occurrences

You would have received:

  • an immediate 30-day driver’s licence suspension where you were unable to drive under any circumstances
  • a seven-day vehicle seizure

For each 30-day suspension received during the final year of the GDL Program, you will be required to remain in the GDL program for an additional year.

New program

The Alberta Zero Alcohol/Drug Tolerance Program has been discontinued as of November 30, 2020 and has been replaced by the Immediate Roadside Sanctions (IRS) Program of IRS ZERO: Novice.

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


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)

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