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

Did You Know?
On average, from 2012 to 2016, each year 74 people were killed and 1,099 people were injured in collisions involving at least one driver who had consumed alcohol prior to the collision. 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. DrinkSense Calculator (Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission)

Alberta's Impaired Driving Sanctions

For drivers with blood alcohol over .08, who are impaired by drugs or alcohol, or refuse to provide requested sample(s)

Federal Penalties: Criminal charge for BAC over .08, impaired by drugs or alcohol or refusal to provide requested sample(s). All associated penalties imposed by the courts.

Provincial Sanctions:
As of April 9, 2018:
  • 1st offence within a 10-year period: immediate 90-day licence suspension and 3-day vehicle seizure, "Planning Ahead" course, mandatory one-year participation in ignition interlock program. Drivers who chose not to participate in the ignition interlock program will remain suspended for the one-year term.
  • 2nd offence within a 10-year period: immediate 90-day licence suspension and seven day vehicle seizure, "Impact" course, mandatory one-year participation in ignition interlock program. Drivers who chose not to participate in the ignition interlock program will remain suspended for the one-year term.
  • 3rd offence within a 10-year period: immediate 90-day licence suspension and seven day vehicle seizure, "Impact" course, mandatory one-year participation in ignition interlock program. Drivers who chose not to participate in the ignition interlock program will remain suspended for the one-year term.
  • Mandatory participation in Ignition Interlock Program after criminal conviction for one year.
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 or blood drug concentration over .00

As of April 9, 2018, GDL drivers found with any alcohol, cannabis, or illegal drugs in their system when operating a vehicle. 

**GDL drivers who meet the requirements for criminal level impaired driving will be subject to any and all provincial sanctions and criminal penalties that apply.