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

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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.

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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

 

 

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