Alberta residents may benefit from learning more about the Ministry of Transportation's initiatives and penalties, which are used in an effort to minimize drunk driving offences. The province implemented impaired driving laws during 2012 to help reduce the number of motor vehicle fatalities and injuries occurring on the roadways. Motorists who refuse to submit to a sobriety test or those determined to be criminally impaired, typically face worse penalties. The new laws increased penalties for drivers registering a blood alcohol content level of at least .05 or .08 percent.
The new legislation attempted to mitigate drunk driving by requiring more ignition interlock devices and mandatory corrective driving courses. Alberta officials decided that increased fines and demerit points were not as effective in achieving a significant change in drivers' behaviour. While ensuring safer travel on Alberta's roadways, officials maintain that the 2012 amendments do not prevent responsible residents from enjoying a few drinks with friends. The enhanced drunk driving penalties were designed to account for repeat offenders and first-time offenders as well.