Message from McLeod's Community Safety Director

July Message

July's Alberta Traffic Safety Calender focus is Impaired Driving. New legislation has taken effect. The information listed below is taken word for word and directly from the Alberta Government Transportation Website. To view or if you would like more information go to: http://www.transportation.alberta.ca/impaireddriving.htm.

  

Implemented April 9, 2018:

For drivers with blood alcohol of .08 or over, who are impaired by alcohol, drugs or their combination, or who fail or refuse to provide a breath or blood sample.

 

Alberta Administrative Licence Suspension:

As of April 9, 2018, the Alberta Administrative Licence Suspension is a two-staged, fixed-term driving suspension consisting of two distinct parts:

  • a 90-day driving suspension where the suspended driver is unable to drive under any circumstances, AND
  • a further one-year driving suspension where the suspended driver may be eligible to drive on a condition that they participate in Alberta’s Ignition Interlock   Program. If they choose not to participate, they will remain suspended during this one-year term with no ability to drive to legally.

Escalating Vehicle Seizures:

  • 1st Alberta Administrative Licence   Suspension: 3-day vehicle seizure
  • 2nd and subsequent Alberta   Administrative Licence Suspension: 7-day vehicle seizure

Penalties Under the Criminal Code  (Canada):

  • 1st Criminal Code (Canada) Conviction: Driver’s Licence Suspension, completion of the “Planning Ahead” Course, and 1 year of Mandatory Ignition Interlock Program Participation.
  • 2nd Criminal Code (Canada) Conviction: Driver’s Licence Suspension, completion of the “IMPACT” Program, and 3 years of Mandatory Ignition Interlock Program Participation.
  • 3rd or Subsequent Criminal Code (Canada) Conviction: Driver’s Licence Suspension, completion of the “IMPACT” Program, and 5 years of Mandatory Ignition Interlock Program Participation.

A preceding Criminal Code (Canada) conviction for impaired driving, and participation in the Mandatory Ignition Interlock Program will supersede a new Alberta Administrative Licence Suspension.


If a driver is serving both a provincial Ignition Interlock Program term and one imposed by the Courts, Ignition Interlock Program participation may run concurrently.


If the client wishes to participate in the Alberta Administrative Licence Ignition Interlock Program during the 2nd phase of the driving suspension (of the 1 year term), the client is required to purchase and submit an Ignition Interlock Program Application to Driver Fitness and Monitoring.


If the same client wishes to participate in the Mandatory Ignition Interlock Program as a result of the criminal conviction, the same client would then be required to purchase and submit another Ignition Interlock Program Application to Driver Fitness and Monitoring, along with a legible copy of the “Order of Driving Prohibition Against an Offender” from the Courts (once they have 30 days or less remaining in the federal driving prohibition term.


Implemented April 9,2018:

For new (GDL drivers with cannabis or illegal drugs over .00


Any driver with the Graduated Driver Licence (GDL) Program found with any level of blood drug concentration over .00 will be subject to the same sanctions they currently are for alcohol - Immediate 30-day Driver’s Licence Suspension and 7-day vehicle seizure.


It should be noted that GDL drivers who meet the requirements for criminal level impaired driving will be subject to any and all provincial sanctions and criminal penalties that apply.


Impaired Driving effects us all. With so many options out there is no excuse to get behind the wheel while impaired.


Bicycle Thefts:

Bicycle Thefts are on the rise and I want to give you some tips to help ensure your bicycle is not stolen.


  • Ensure your bicycle is locked to a bike rack or in a secure building such as a locked garage or shed. Do not leave it in plain sight unsecured.
  • Ensure the frame and any easy quick release wheels are secured with a cable lock to the bike rack.
  • Register your bike on Bike Index or Project 529 Garage. You will need the make and model of the bicycle along with a photo to upload and the serial number. If your bicycle is stolen make sure you attend your closest police detachment and fill out a statement. Having a photo and serial number is crucial to help police get your bicycle back to you if it's recovered.

If you have any questions, please contact me at safety@mcleodcommunityleague.ca.


Ryan Bendara
Community Safety Director