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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Administrative Licence Suspension.
Read more information about
driving prevention in Alberta.
Trading Places video.
Listen to the
Road Rash radio spots.
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
If you encounter a suspected
impaired driver, record the vehicle licence plate number and dial
9-1-1 anywhere in the province.
November 30, 2015