Consequences for Driving Under the Influence in Alberta
Driving under the influence in Alberta can have severe consequences, including:
- For a first offense, you’ll face an immediate 90-day license suspension. Following this period, you’ll be able to apply and partake in the interlock program for at least one year. You may also face a vehicle seizure of up to 30 days and you will be required to take a remedial course. You must pay a minimum fine of $1,000 for a first-time offense, as well as towing/impound costs, course costs and interlock costs.
- Upon a second offense, you’ll face an immediate 90-day suspension and must apply for the interlock program. You must participate in a remedial course; you may have your vehicle seized for 30 days and be ordered to pay a $2,000 fine. You may also be criminally charged in the event of a second DUI offense.
- A third offense will result in all of the above, plus you’ll have to be a part of the interlock program for the rest of your driving life, and you will be criminally charged.
If you are pulled over for suspected driving under the influence and you refuse to provide a breath sample, you may be automatically assigned a .08 BAC level and charged under the Criminal Code of Canada as well as the Immediate Roadside Sanctions.
If you’ve ever had a DUI, you’ll also want to maintain a continuous insurance history. A cancellation or blank gap in your insurance can be a red flag and may result in further difficulty getting insured.
Chat with a Sharp DUI car insurance broker in Alberta or apply for a free DUI auto insurance quote in Alberta to find the best rate possible.