It won’t happen in time for the busy holiday season, but drunk driving laws in Alberta could soon be changing for the better. A new bill has been proposed, and if passed people who smoke weed and drive will begin to pay the price for that choice.
Longer driver’s license suspension
If you’re charged with impaired driving in Alberta, you will face a 90-day driver’s license suspension.
Ignition interlock program expanded
When your period of suspension is complete, you’ll be required to sign up for the ignition interlock program for one year. If you decline to join the interlock program you’ll lose your license for 12 months.
Changes to the Alberta Traffic Safety Act
Bill 29 would also require changes to the Alberta Traffic Safety Act by adding the designation of “cannabis impairment” to drunk driving laws in Alberta. There will be limits to how much THC, the chemical in marijuana that gets you high, you can have in your system while driving too.
All of these changes are on their way because C-46, the federal government’s proposed bill for impaired driving law, is bringing big changes to Canadian impaired driving law before marijuana is legalized next year.
Alberta’s not the only province who’s in the process of amending the Traffic Safety Act or beefing up existing laws in response to legalization either. That’s because no one knows what will happen when marijuana is legalized in Canada.
What these provinces do know is that these types of changes can only serve to remove drunk and drugged drivers from the roads, and they are trying to do so not only by changing drunk driving laws in Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Ontario, but by changing attitudes toward driving high and drunk driving long before legalization happens.