December has been designated as Impaired Driving Month according to the  2015 Alberta Traffic Safety Plan says Constable Sean Morris of the Fort Saskatchewan RCMP. Constable Morris says " Driving while impaired by alcohol or drugs remains the most prominent factor contributing to serious road crashes in Canada. Although measurable progress has been made over the past three decades, impaired drivers continue to present a significant risk to the safety of all road users." Morris rent on to say "From 2009 to 2013, 444 people were killed and 6,649 people were injured in alcohol-related collisions."

From April 1, 2009 to March 31, 2014, there have been 42,913 criminal convictions for impaired driving in Alberta. There are varying  consequences of drinking and driving according to Constable Morris, " Choosing to drive while impaired by drugs or alcohol can cost you a criminal record, your freedom, your dignity, your job, your chance of future employment and even your life or the lives of your friends or family."

If your blood alcohol concentration is greater than .05, you may face an immediate 3 day license suspension and a 3 day vehicle seizure on your first offense. It ultimately comes down to the Officers discretion, if the police determine your ability to operate a vehicle has been impaired by alcohol or drugs, even if your Blood Alcohol Concentration is below .08, you can be charged criminally with impaired driving. A 24 hour disqualification may be issued if they believe your ability to drive is impaired.

Constable Morris also said " A refusal to provide a breath sample, refusing to comply with a demand for physical sobriety tests or refusal to provide bodily fluid samples is a criminal offense."  "If you are charged with a criminal impaired driving offense, you will lose your license immediately until all of your criminal impaired driving related charges are resolved."
Constable Morris wants to remind motorists that if you encounter a suspected impaired driver, record the vehicle license plate number and dial 911 anywhere in the province.