The Government of Alberta announced today that they could be implementing changes to impaired driving legislation in 2018.
The proposed change is in correlation to the Alberta Court of Appeal ruling that part of Alberta’s current impaired driving sanctions are unconstitutional. Specifically, the ruling stated that suspending licences until a matter is resolved in court infringes on an individual’s Charter rights.
The Government of Alberta is not appealing the court’s decision but rather looking at “other legislative models across the country to see which initiatives have been most effective in saving lives,” said Alberta Minister of Justice and Solicitor General, Kathleen Ganley.
The court is allowing the current sanctions to remain in place until May 2018, which means police officers are still able to suspend licences in impaired driving situations for now.