Impaired driving penalties for blood alcohol levels between .05 to .08

Did You Know?
From 2011 to 2015, on average each year 78 people were killed and 1,194 people were injured in collisions involving at least one driver who had consumed alcohol prior to the crash. Stricter enforcement equals fewer fatalities.

There are lots of blood alcohol concentration (BAC) estimators available online that can give you a rough estimate of what your BAC might be after consuming alcohol. These tools provide estimates based on your sex and weight, but it is important to keep in mind the other factors that can affect your BAC, such as an empty stomach, medication, mood, fatigue level and the rate of consumption.

But most importantly, please be aware that in certain individuals, impairment can happen with even a small amount of alcohol. It's important that you assess your ability to drive regardless of how much you consume. Impaired driving, regardless of the amount of alcohol consumed, is a criminal offence. BAC Estimator (Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission)


Impaired Driving Penalties, Implemented July 1, 2012

For drivers with blood alcohol over .08:
  • Criminal charge for Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) over .08, impaired by drugs or alcohol or refusal to provide requested sample(s).
  • Immediate licence suspension which is sustained until criminal charge is resolved.
  • 1st charge: sustained licence suspension and 3-day vehicle seizure, "Planning Ahead" course.
  • 2nd charge within a 10 year period: sustained licence suspension, 7- day vehicle seizure, "Impact" course.
  • 3rd charge within a 10 year period: sustained licence suspension, 7-day vehicle seizure, "Impact" course.
  • Mandatory Ignition Interlock after criminal conviction 1 year for 1st conviction; 3 years for 2nd conviction; 5 years for 3rd conviction.
For drivers with blood alcohol .05 to .08:
  • 1st offence - Immediate 3-day licence suspension and 3-day vehicle seizure.
  • 2nd offence within a 10 year period - Immediate 15-day licence suspension, 7-day vehicle seizure, "Crossroads" or "Planning Ahead" course.
  • 3rd offence within a 10 year period - Immediate 30-day licence suspension, 7-day vehicle seizure, "Impact" course.
For new (GDL) drivers with blood alcohol over .00
  • GDL drivers cannot have any alcohol in their system when operating a vehicle
  • GDL driver found with any blood alcohol - Immediate 30-day licence suspension and 7-day vehicle seizure