Traffic Laws and Consequences
Driving responsibly is very important, since it helps you in avoiding unpleasant events. Our courses are designed in such a way that they not only teach you the basics of driving, but also educate you on the various traffic laws that are in place and the consequences that you may face if you break any of them. As a result, our students are well-aware of all that can and cannot be done while they are driving on the roads.
Some of the things that our students are taught concerning the traffic laws in Alberta are as follows.
- Legally, your BAC (Blood Alcohol Content) should not go beyond 0.08. However, as of recently, some lawyers have been working towards drawing consequences for drivers whose BAC is between 0.05 and 0.08.
- If you are found guilty of having a BAC of 0.08 for the first time, then you will have to face the suspension of your license till the charges against you have been resolved and the confiscation of your vehicle for three days. You will also be required to take a class on ‘Planning Ahead’. In the case of a second or greater offence, your license will be suspended until charges have been resolved and your vehicle will be impounded for seven days. You will also be required to take a class on ‘Impact’.
- If your BAC is between 0.05 and 0.08, then your license will be suspended and your vehicle impounded for three days in the case of first offence. Second offence would result in license suspension for fifteen days, vehicle impoundment for seven days, and having to attend a class on ‘Planning Ahead’. Upon third offence, your license will be suspended for a month, your car impounded for seven days, and you would have to attend an ‘Impact’ class.
- In the case of new drivers, if their BAC is above .00, then they will face license suspension for thirty days and vehicle impoundment for seven days.
- Normally, people driving under the influence of alcohol aren’t put in jail. However, those who are caught driving with a suspended license may face an increase in suspension time by six months; impoundment of their vehicle in the case of first and second offence, which is thirty and sixty days respectively; and a fine amounting to $2000. If this fine is not paid, then they may face imprisonment for six months, which can be extended to five years upon conviction.
- Even though there are no fines as such for people driving when impaired, they still have to pay the fees for towing and impounding their vehicle.
- If someone is convicted of driving while being impaired, then they are required to install an ignition interlock system in their vehicles. This allows the engine to start only when the driver provides it with a sample of their breath that does not contain any alcohol.