New impaired driving law launched in Alberta

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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

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Alberta has updated it impaired driving law

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The update impaired driving law has now given law enforcement the ability to issue an immediate 90 day license suspension o the impaired.

With the new law, driver who have a blood alcohol level higher than 0.08, or are impaired with drugs, or fail or refuse breath or blood samples will have their licence immediately suspended and will have their vehicle seized for three day. They will also have to take part in a one-year ignition interlock program following the suspension.

Anyone under the graduated driver licensing program found with any amount of illegal drugs or cannabis in their system will receive an immediate 30 day suspension and have their vehicle seized for a week. They will also be required to remain in the GDL program for two more years , with a year of suspension free driving.

-Jasleen Aujla

Alberta Father charged with leaving baby cold and alone in a parked car

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A Father from Drayton Valley is facing several charges after he left his two month old baby in the back seat of a vehicle, while he drank in a bar.

After a significant amount of time in the bar, the driver ended up telling a witness that he had a child him. The uneasy citizen went out to check the vehicle, finding the baby cold and in distress.

RCMP said at roughly 10:30 p.m. officers received a complaint call of a suspicious impaired driver in the town of Calmar. It is believed that the man left the bar in the vehicle, driving away before officials had the chance to arrive.

The baby was later taken to the Leduc hospital where the mother arrived. The 2 month old child did not experience any vital injuries.

The father has since been arrested and is charged with many offences, such as abandoning a child, impaired operation of a vehicle and causing a child to be in need of intervention.

The identity of the accused has not been released.

-Reya Lehoux