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High Time for Safety on Alberta Highways
Cannabis Legalization & Driving
Make no mistake, driving while high in Alberta is as illegal today as it was prior to cannabis legalization. The government has, however, updated the impaired driving law to reflect measured impairment levels for alcohol, cannabis, or a combination of the two.
- An immediate 90-day license suspension
- An immediate 3-day vehicle seizure
- Mandatory remedial education
- One-year participation in the ignition interlock program
In addition to any court or criminal charges, there are federal penalties starting at $1,000 for a first offence, and jail time for second or third offences.
Read all the specifics on penalties in this Alberta Government update.
Driving High Could Be a Low Point in Your Career
Our Coalition members want to ensure our highways are safe for their employees, contractors, neighbours, and families.
“Our Coalition members include Alberta’s top employers, municipal leaders, and community partners. These organizations are committed to safety and safe roads. While that’s good news for highway travel, it can be bad news for job seekers who have an impaired driving charge. You could lose more than your license; it could make it difficult to get a job, or keep your current job, with an impaired driving charge – it just isn’t worth the risk to drive impaired.”
- Debbie Hammond, Executive Director, Coalition for Safer Alberta Roads
It's important to understand the risk of driving impaired -- not only could there be legal ramifications but also consequences with your employer or any potential employer. Make sure you fully understand your company’s Drug and Alcohol Policy.
Keep Alberta Highways Safe
The simple fact is, impairment endangers lives. In 2016, there were 1,166 serious or fatal collisions on Alberta roads involving alcohol, cannabis and other drugs, prescription medication, or fatigue. Impairment affects your reaction time, attention span, coordination, and decision-making ability – all important when operating a vehicle.
When your basic driving skills are compromised, leaving you unable to react properly in an emergency situation, you’re putting yourself, your passengers, and everyone on the road at risk