As of April 9, 2018, the Ignition Interlock Program will evolve into two different but related programs:

Alberta Administrative Licence Suspension, Ignition Interlock Program –

This program is initiated by the province as a result of being served with an Alberta Administrative Licence Suspension for being suspected of criminal-level impaired driving.

As of April 9, 2018, impaired drivers will serve a 90-day driving suspension where the suspended driver is unable to drive under any circumstances, followed by a further one year driving suspension where the suspended driver may be eligible to drive on the condition that they participate in Alberta’s Ignition Interlock Program. If they choose not to participate in the Ignition Interlock Program, they will remain suspended during this 1-year term with no ability to drive legally. Should criminal charges also apply, this may result in an additional licence suspension term and participation in the Mandatory Ignition Interlock Program.

The Mandatory Ignition Interlock Program - 

This program is initiated as a result of a Criminal Code (Canada) conviction of an impaired driving offence in Alberta, where the courts have indicated that the driver must comply with the Mandatory Ignition Interlock Program as part of their Reinstatement Conditions. Drivers must demonstrate a sustained ability to separate drinking and driving behaviors by completing the Mandatory Ignition Interlock Program, in order to have their licence reinstated.

Technical monitoring through Alberta’s Ignition Interlock Program is designed to help individuals separate the behaviors of impairment or high-risk behaviour from driving. The Ignition Interlock Program is used as a deterrent to prevent recidivism and prevent high-risk drivers from operating a motor vehicle while impaired.

The Ignition Interlock Program involves the installation of an ignition interlock device in a vehicle as a condition of driver licensing. The device measures the blood alcohol concentration levels of the driver and will “lock” the ignition if a blood alcohol concentration reading is above the specified threshold level.

If an individual has had their driving privileges suspended through an impaired driving-related criminal conviction or through the Alberta Administrative Licence Suspension Program, the Ignition Interlock Program may allow the individual to obtain conditional driving privileges.

Source: Alberta Transportation



Last updated on: 2018-04-09 | Link to this post