It’s the holiday season in Alberta again, and like every year, the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission is concerned about Alberta drunk driving. That’s why Students Against Drunk Driving (SADD) has partnered with them again to raise awareness about the dangers of impaired driving.
To do that, they’ve launched the Alberta liquor bag campaign. This campaign runs every year for Grade one to Grade 12 students, with a prize for many of the winning bags. Students will win cash ranging from $100 to $500, and if their design is selected they will have it printed on one million bags to be used in Alberta from the May long weekend of 2018 and onward.
To participate paper liquor bags are sent out to participating schools. Students in every grade draw on the bags and add an anti-drunk driving message. The liquor bags are then distributed to local liquor stores and they’re used to bag alcohol when purchased.
It’s the hope of SADD and the Gaming and Liquor commission that these bags will make someone think twice about driving after drinking, and in 2016 there were over 65,000 bags sent out to liquor stores with children’s artwork on them.
This is just one way the community standing up and fighting back against drunk driving. Bill 29 is another, and this recently proposed amendment to the Alberta Traffic Safety Act will add cannabis impairment to the existing Alberta drunk driving laws. It will also ensure that Alberta laws are in sync with C-46, the upcoming federal impaired driving bill.
One of the biggest improvements Alberta may make is an increase to the time Alberta drunk driving offenders use an ignition interlock. If B 29 passes, any impaired driver will be issued a 90-day driver’s license suspension. Once they have their license back, they’ll be required to use an ignition interlock for one full year.
Between the liquor bag program educating the public and Bill 29, it looks like Alberta is on track for a safer year in 2018.