Have Questions About the Alberta Ignition Interlock Program?

The Ignition Interlock Program is now a mandatory program for all individuals who have been convicted of an impaired driving offence in Alberta. Drivers who plead guilty to drunk driving, or criminally convicted by the court, are required to install an ignition interlock device into their vehicle for a period of time determined by the conviction. The program’s purpose is to demonstrate a sustained ability to separate drinking and driving behaviors prior to completing the program. However, there are several individuals within Alberta’s legal system that question the manner in which it coherses the accused into pleaing guilty, accepting the costly (and partially privatized program), and foregoing their opportunity to defend their case in the Alberta court.

What are the exemptions to the Ignition Interlock Program?

Exemptions exist for individuals who have completed all the reinstatement conditions, aside from a road test, payment of the reinstatement fee and the outstanding IIP condition, and if:

  • this is your first alcohol related conviction and your blood alcohol concentration was less than .16 or
  • it is not feasible to comply with requirement for the use of an ignition interlock device. The Registrar may impose a further period of disqualification or another term or condition to ensure public safety.

How do I apply for an exemption to the Ignition Interlock Program?

If you meet the above requirements, you may mail your exemption request to:

Traffic Safety Services
Impaired Driving Administrative Unit
Room 109, Main Floor, Twin Atria Building
4999-98 Ave
Edmonton AB T6B 2X3

The following documents must be included in the correspondence or the correspondence will be returned:

  • A copy of your “Certificate of Analyses” indicating blood alcohol concentration readings of less than .16
  • Operator licence number
  • Full name
  • Address
  • Telephone number
  • Date of birth
  • Reason(s) why an exemption from the program is being requested

If the request is approved, a revised Notice of Suspension will be mailed to you and the mandatory ignition interlock reinstatement condition will no longer apply to your suspension. If the request for an exemption is denied, correspondence will be mailed advising why you do not qualify for an exemption. Decisions of the Registrar of Motor Vehicles (Transportation) may be appealed to the Alberta Transportation Safety Board. If considering an appeal to the Alberta Transportation Safety Board, you should also consider hiring the counsel of an experienced criminal defence lawyer in Calgary to prepare and present your arguements for your appeal.

How does the Interlock Program work in Alberta?

Drivers who meet the IIP criteria will have an alcohol sensing device attached to their vehicle ignition system. Please refer to the Ignition Interlock Information Sheet available at an Alberta Registry Agent.

The driver is prevented from starting and/or driving his/her vehicle if the device detects a preset level of alcohol. All program activity is recorded and monitored.

A driver registering fails or warns, or inappropriate use or handling of the ignition interlock device may have his/her participation in the program assessed. Participants in the IIP must adhere to zero warns while on the program. A driver may be extended on the program if warns or fails are recorded by the device.

What are the costs of the Alberta Ignition Interlock Program?

  • Installation of the ignition interlock device $150
  • Rental fee for the device per month $105
  • Application fee (does not include Registry Agent Fee) $63
  • “Planning Ahead” driver program $220
  • “IMPACT” driver program $750
  • Removal of the ignition interlock device $50
  • The fee for the restricted operator’s licence and road test if required Contact an Alberta Registry Agent

*Program costs do not include GST. All costs are subject to change.

Contact our DUI Lawyers In Calgary For Help

If you are currently facing drunk driving charges in Alberta and you need legal representation, call our criminal law office in Calgary and speak with our drunk driving lawyers who can help you defend your rights if you are facing a license suspension for drunk driving, the admission to the Ignition Interlock Program, or a more serious criminal charge for impaired driving. Our lawyers have the experience that can help your matter and possibly get back your drivers licence in Alberta.

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Posted on February 21st, 2013