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Traffic Safety in Alberta 

Think before you get behind the wheel this holiday season

Hard facts about impaired driving

  • Alcohol affects your judgment, reaction time and perception.

  • On average over the past five years, 80 people were killed and more than 1,250 were injured each year in collisions involving a drinking driver.

  • Drivers in fatal collisions were five times more likely than those in injury collisions to have consumed alcohol.

  • During 2014, almost 16 per cent of drivers in fatal collisions had consumed alcohol prior to the crash compared to three per cent of drivers in injury collisions.

  • Male drivers were four times more likely than female drivers to have consumed alcohol prior to a crash.

  • Across Canada, one third of fatally injured drivers tested were found to have consumed drugs.

  • It is estimated that about 20 per cent of fatal collisions in Canada involve driver fatigue.

  • Research indicates that driver distraction contributes to 20 to 30 per cent of all collisions.

  • Plan ahead for a safe way home.

The consequences of drinking and driving

  • Choosing to drive while impaired by drugs or alcohol can cost you: a criminal record, your freedom, your dignity, your job, your chance of future employment and even your life or the lives of your friends or family.

  • If your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is greater than .05, you may face an immediate 3-day licence suspension and a 3-day vehicle seizure on your first offence.

  • If the police determine your ability to operate a vehicle has been impaired by alcohol or drugs, even if your BAC is below .08, you can be charged criminally with impaired driving.

  • Police may disqualify you from driving for 24 hours if they believe your ability to drive is affected by drugs, alcohol, a medical condition or physical ability.

  • A refusal to provide a breath sample, refusing to comply with a demand for physical sobriety tests or refusal to provide bodily fluid samples is a criminal offence.

  • If you are charged with a criminal impaired driving offence, you will lose your licence immediately until all of your criminal impaired driving related charges are resolved.

Learn more on Alberta’s Administrative Licence Suspension.

Read more information about impaired driving prevention in Alberta.

Watch the Trading Places video.

Listen to the Road Rash radio spots.

Estimate your blood alcohol concentration.

Studies show that a person’s driving ability is impaired at a blood alcohol level of .05. To find out more, go to Know the Limits.

Hosting a Christmas or New Year’s party? Get tips here.

If you encounter a suspected impaired driver, record the vehicle licence plate number and dial 9-1-1 anywhere in the province.

Last Updated November 30, 2015