With the legalization of cannabis expected to come into effect this summer, the provincial government has been busy updating its impaired driving laws. Keep reading to learn more about the changes, and what they might mean for your auto insurance policy in Edmonton.
The Legalization of Cannabis
Decriminalizing cannabis will make it legal for Canadians to purchase and possess marijuana for personal use. The federal government is expected to finalize the legalization of marijuana by the summer of 2018, but it’s up to each province to determine how they’ll regulate the laws around marijuana use. This includes:
- Impaired driving
- Public health
- Workplace safety
- Retail sale
- Public consumption
Changes to Alberta’s Impaired Driving Laws
In response to the legalization of cannabis, the government of Alberta has taken the opportunity to update the provincial laws and set clear timelines for license suspensions resulting from impaired driving. Anyone caught driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol will be subject to criminal charges, fines and driving suspensions. The new laws will include the following changes:
- A new zero-tolerance policy for drivers with a Graduated License caught driving under the influence of cannabis resulting in the following penalties:
- Their driver’s licence will be suspended for 30 days
- The vehicle they were driving will be impounded for seven days
- They’ll be required to remain in the Graduated Driver Licencing program for two years and they must not receive any more driving suspensions during that time or they won’t be eligible for a driver’s licence
- All drivers who are reasonably believed to be criminally impaired, whether through alcohol, drugs or refusing to provide a breath or fluid sample, will be subject to the following sanctions:
- Their driver’s licence will be suspended for 90-days
- The vehicle they were driving will be impounded for three days for the first offence and seven days for the second offence
- Mandatory driver’s education
- One year participation in the Province of Alberta’s Ignition Interlock Program, which involves the installation of a blood alcohol monitoring device in their vehicle that has the ability to lock their ignition if their blood alcohol is above the legal limit.
Drug impairment is and will remain, a criminal offence with only the allowable limits changing under the new laws.
Please refer to this link for more comprehensive information on how the new law will affect you: https://www.alberta.ca/impaired-driving-laws.aspx
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