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   you will be disqualified from holding
   a drive’s licence for three years from
   the date of the conviction
• two or more prior offences in the last
   10 years, you will be disqualified from
   holding an driver’s licence for five
   years from the date of the conviction 
• if a death or injury occurs as a result
   of an impaired offence, the minimum
   licence suspension is five years even
   for a first offender.

Provincial: Traffic Safety Act

ALBERTA ADMINISTRATIVE LICENCE 
SUSPENSION (AALS) PROGRAM:

The Alberta Administrative Licence
Suspension (AALS) Program deals with
alcohol, drug-related impaired driving
offences and refusal to provide breath
or blood samples. This includes illegal
drugs as well as legal drugs such as
prescription medication with side effects
that may cause the driver to be impaired.

ADMINISTRATIVE LICENCE
SUSPENSIONS:


An Administrative Licence Suspension will
be issued to a driver charged under the
Criminal Code for:
• Blood alcohol content greater than .08
• Ability to operate a motor vehicle
   is impaired by alcohol, drugs or a
   combination
• Refusal to comply with a lawful
   demand of a peace officer (e.g.,
   for a breath sample)

Drivers charged with an alcohol or
drug related impaired driving offence will
face an immediate licence suspension,
which remains in place until the criminal 
charge is resolved.

Alberta has progressive administrative
sanctions for impaired driving convictions: 
    1st Criminal Code Charge within
10 years: 
        · Sustained licence suspension until 
          your criminal charges have been 
          dealt with by the courts 
        · Towing and impound charges 
        · 3 day vehicle seizure 
        · If convicted of the criminal code 
          offence, the driver is suspended for 
          one year and must participate
          in the mandatory Ignition Interlock
          Program for one year 
        · If convicted, the driver must
           complete a “Planning Ahead”
           impaired driving course 
    
    2nd Criminal Code Charge within
10 years: 
        · Sustained licence suspension until 
          your criminal charges have been 
          dealt with by the courts 
        · Towing and impound charges 
        · 7 day vehicle seizure 
        · If convicted of the criminal code 
          offence, the driver is suspended
          for three years and must also
          participate in the mandatory Ignition
          Interlock Program for three years 
        · If convicted, the driver must 
          complete an “IMPACT” weekend 
          impaired driving course, which may 
          include assessment and monitoring 
        
    3rd Criminal Code Charge within 
10 years 
        · Sustained licence suspension until 
          your criminal charges have been 
          dealt with by the courts 
        · Towing and impound charges

110  A Driver's Guide to Operation, Safety and Licensing

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