Impaired driving can tragically change a life forever.

Throughout the month of December, law enforcement agencies, along with several community partners will be making the topic of impaired driving a top priority.

Many communities will be hosting their annual Candy cane campaigns; community traffic stops that provide education and remind us to stay sober behind the wheel this holiday season and beyond.

Since the province of Alberta has recently passed a new impaired driving law, public awareness and education continues to be essential.

Alberta’s new law did not change the existing legal limit of .08 blood alcohol content. However, the penalties for exceeding this limit have changed.

Tougher penalties are now in place for people who are over the legal limit, including criminal charges, licence suspensions and vehicle seizures. Any driver within the .05 - .08 range will now face tougher consequences and education programs. These penalties increase with each offence.

Stricter rules are also in place for new drivers. This has always included a zero-tolerance policy for any alcohol.

As always, any driver who refuses to provide a breath sample will face a criminal charge and suspensions.

It is very important to understand that this law is not meant to punish responsible Albertans who consume a small amount of alcohol during an evening out.

This new law targets impaired drivers and the repeat offenders with tougher enforcement and mandatory programs.

Alberta’s new law is another step towards winning the battle against impaired driving in our province.

From 2006 to 2010, drinking drivers were involved in collisions that killed 569 people and injured 8,530 others. Of those deaths, 211 people were killed by drivers who had consumed some alcohol, but were below the .08 level.

Studies have shown that driving skills are seriously affected at .05 and that individuals are more likely to be involved in a collision.

We all know that the consequences of drinking and driving can be devastating for everyone involved.

Talk to your family and friends about the safe and responsible way to consume alcohol. Remember to plan ahead and keep our roads safe for all Albertans.

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Source: The Daily Herald Tribune


Last updated on: 2012-12-06 | Link to this post