Frequently Asked Questions About Alberta’s Bill 26

The passing of Bill 26 makes now a good time to get yourself acquainted with the limits in which your rights and responsibilities are restricted.

How Many Drinks Can I Have in Alberta?

Defined as a single can of beer, glass of wine, or one standard shot, a person with the body mass of 180 lb. should be able to consume two drinks in the period of one hour. Metabolism differs between every individual and processes things, like alcohol, at different rates. For instance, a person weighing 120 lb. would need to consume less alcohol to reach the limit in one hour.

The body will process alcohol by 15mg% every hour which allows for the 180 lb. individual to consume one per hour without going over the .05 or 50mg% BAC, whereas, the individual weighing 120 lb. cannot consume an entire drink in the course of one hour without going over the legal limit.

One of the most used guidelines individuals may follow is the one to two drink policy and waiting an hour before being able to drive. Since these are simply guidelines, you should consider not drinking and driving period.

How Much Are Impound And Towing Fees?

The price of towing will always vary on the type of vehicle being towed, the location, and the size of vehicle itself. With this being said, the standard vehicle will accumulate towing costs in the sum of $95 per tow and $2 additional charge for every kilometer after the initial 5 km distance. For larger vehicles the price per tow can become pricey. The tow can reach up to $163 per tow and $2 per km for longer distance towing, over the initial 5 km distance.

While your vehicle is being stored at an impound lot, you will also accrue impound fees starting at $28 per day plus any additional taxes. If you would like to compare prices in Calgary, Alberta, for towing and impound costs, visit:





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What Is Mouth Alcohol?

By definition, mouth alcohol is when higher ethanol concentration is evident because of burping, GERD, regurgitation, vomiting, use of mouth wash, or having recently finished a drink. Mouth alcohol, also known as mouth alcohol bias, can cause improper and inaccurate readings with breath-testing instruments, such as a breathalyzer, an intoxilyzer, a datamaster or an intoximeter. Most of the time an invalid sample will register on the breathalyzer machine, however, this is not always the case.

What Is An Ignition Interlock and Why Is It Used?

In order to allow for conditional driving privileges to remain intact, you will need to use Alberta’s ignition interlock after being charged with impaired driving. An ignition interlock device, also known as the “blow box,” is your personal breathalyzer machine which is installed into your vehicle’s ignition system. Before starting your vehicle with ignition interlock, you will need to first blow into the system to test your blood alcohol content to ensure you are below the legal BAC limit or your vehicle just won’t start.

How Is The Mandatory Ignition Interlock Program
Currently Applied in Alberta?

The ignition interlock device is mandatory for those who have been charged with and convicted of having a BAC over .08 (80mg%) and whose blood alcohol content happens to be twice, or more, over the legal limit. This program can last for as little as 6 months but can be much longer dependent on your situation. Those of you who refuse to provide breath sample are looking at dealing with the same type of device.

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