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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Drivers who are suspected of being impaired by alcohol, drugs or a physical or medical condition that affects their ability to safely operate a vehicle are subject to a 24-hour licence suspension.
Drivers who receive a 24-hour suspension for medical reasons may have their file reviewed by Alberta Transportation’s Driver Fitness and Monitoring staff to determine their fitness to drive.
Drivers who meet the applicable sanctions under the Immediate Roadside Sanctions (IRS) Program of IRS FAIL, IRS WARN, IRS ZERO: Novice or the IRS ZERO: Commercial Program will be subject to those programs.