New impaired driving law launched in Alberta

154_2877969-W
A new impaired driving law that gives Alberta police more roadside authority went into effect on Monday.
“I’m very hopeful that it will reduce the incidence of serious injury and death as a result of impaired driving.”
This legislation will give law enforcement the ability to issue an immediate 90 day license suspension to people with blood alcohol levels of 0.08 or higher or those driving high. People caught driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol will have their vehicles seized for three days and will be required to attend a year-long program led by Transportation Alberta.
These consequences are even more severe for those with a learners or probationary license.
Transportation Minister Brian Mason says he’s “very hopeful that it will reduce the incidence of serious injury and death as a result of impaired driving.”
The province says new blood alcohol limits will also come into effect later this year.

 

— Louise van Dam

Continue reading

Advertisements

Don’t doobie and drive: New rules to impaired driving laws to include pot

drunk-driving

Alberta’s updated impaired driving laws went into effect on Monday.

Under the new legislation, law enforcement will have the ability to issue an immediate 90 day suspension to impaired drivers, which now includes pot impairment.

pot

 

Individuals with blood alcohol levels at or above 0.8, are found to have cannabis or illegal drugs in their system, or those who refuse to be tested, will receive an immediate 90 day license suspension.

Drivers will also have their vehicles seized for three days.

The legislation will require impaired drivers to participate in a one-year ignition interlock program immediately following a driver’s license suspension in order to have their license reinstated.

If they choose not to participate in the program, their license will remain suspended for an additional year.

The ignition interlock program requires drivers to breathe into a breathalyzer in order to start their ignition.

Alberta has also introduced a zero tolerance program for drivers under the Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) program.

Graduated drivers who are found with any amount of marijuana or illegal drugs in their system, will face an immediate 30 day license suspension and have their vehicles seized for one week.

Graduated drivers will also have their GDL status extended for two more years, which includes a year of suspension-free driving.

Alberta officials say nearly 6000 people were injured in alcohol-related injuries between 2013 and 2015.

-Cindy Letic

 

 

Cannabis and liquor to be sold in a joint venture

 

potHalifax announced that once cannabis is legalized in July it will be sold at nine liquor stores across the province. Proposals for construction companies are also in the works to alter the stores to market the product.

Mark Furey, the Justice Minister of Nova Scotia, mentioned that they will not only offer it in stores but online as well and home delivery will be available.

Among the nine liquor stores their will be one exclusively selling the plant. Once cannabis hits stores each household will also be able to grow up to four plants of the drug in their home.

-Andrea Ferrari