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.

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Overview

Federal limits for alcohol

In all Canadian provinces, the maximum legal blood alcohol concentration (BAC) for fully licensed drivers is 80 milligrams of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood or 0.08. Driving with a BAC of over 0.08 is a criminal (federal) offence and the penalties are severe.

Provincial limits for alcohol

In Alberta, and in most other Canadian jurisdictions, if your BAC is between 0.05 and 0.079, you will also face provincial consequences through the Immediate Roadside Suspension Program.

Sanctions

First time within a 10-year period

You will receive:

  • an immediate 3-day driver’s licence suspension
  • a 3-day vehicle seizure

Second time within a 10-year period

You will receive:

  • an immediate 15-day driver’s licence suspension
  • a 7-day vehicle seizure
  • Crossroads course

Third and subsequent times within a 10-year period

You will receive:

  • an immediate 30-day driver’s licence suspension
  • a 7-day vehicle seizure
  • IMPACT program

For more information, see the Immediate Roadside Sanction Program Information Sheet.

Appeals

Immediate roadside appeal

You can request a second breath test on a different instrument for alcohol to confirm your 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:

You can only submit an appeal to the Alberta Transportation Safety Board for vehicle seizures or driving suspensions that are 7 days or longer.

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)

Fine payment

To pay a fine, go to the Online fine payment page.

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)
Fax: 780-422-6612