Alberta’s new impaired driving rules in effect Dec. 1

Impaired drivers could face larger fines as well and lose their vehicles for up to 30 days



Starting Tuesday, December 1st if you’re caught driving under the influence in Alberta you will face harsher penalties.

That's when Bill 21, the Provincial Administrative Penalties Act, goes into effect. It changes how impaired drivers are penalized with new immediate roadside penalties while also changing the process of traffic ticket disputes.  It will be done through a new adjudication branch called SafeRoads Alberta.

Bill 21 has also received high praise from Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD).

“MADD Canada welcomes the implementation of these new measures to address the impaired driving problem, and we thank the Government of Alberta for its leadership,” says MADD Canada CEO Andrew Murie. “These measures deliver strong, immediate penalties and sanctions to those individuals who continue to disregard the law and put lives in danger by driving impaired.”

More details on Bill 21 here


New Penalties as of Dec. 1, 2020

Under the new impaired driving laws, significant penalties will be handed out roadside, getting impaired drivers off the streets immediately.

Stronger penalties for impaired driving include:

  • Fines of up to $2,000
  • Vehicle seizure up to 30 days
  • New mandatory education programs for repeat offenders
  • Mandatory ignition interlock for repeat offenders
  •  New zero-tolerance consequences for novice drivers and commercial drivers will also be introduced
  • The Alberta Transportation Safety Board will finish hearing cases submitted before Dec. 1 and is expected to wrap up operations by March 31, 2021.


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