Alberta’s Bill 26: Frequently Asked Questions

With Alberta’s introduction of Bill 26 in January 2012, to the Alberta Traffic Safety Act, now is a good time to know your rights, your responsibilities, and your limits.

How Many Drinks Can I Have in Alberta?

A question on many minds since the passing of Bill 26 is how much can you reasonably consume if you are heading out for dinner or a social drink after work?

As everyone metabolizes alcohol at different rates, this is a difficult question to answer. However, as an example, a 180 lb person should be able to consume two standard drinks – a single can of beer, a glass of wine, a standard shot – over the course of an hour, without going over (50 mg%). A body processes alcohol at an approximate rate of 15mg% every hour, so if you were then to have one drink an hour after thereafter, you would likely be safe. A 120 lb person, in comparison, would need to limit to less than one drink per hour in their first hour as well as subsequent hours.

Good rule of thumb: stop drinking after one or two drinks and wait between 30-60 minutes before driving.

Remember, these are simply guidelines. Don’t rely on these guidelines for advice on when you, specifically, can safely drive after drinking. As always, the safest course of action is to not drink at all if you are going to be driving later.

How much are Towing and Impounding Fees in Calgary, Alberta?

Towing a standard vehicle to an impound lot costs about $95, plus an additional $2 for every kilometer over 5 km. Keep in mind, prices will vary depending on location, size of your vehicle, etc. Larger vehicles are looking at a minimum of $163 per tow, excluding the additional kilometer charges.

Storage fees generally accrue daily, around $28 plus GST. For more information on towing and impounding prices in Calgary, Alberta, please visit: .

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What is Mouth Alcohol?

Also known as mouth alcohol bias, it is when there is a higher ethanol concentration in the mouth from burping, GERD, regurgitation, vomiting, using mouthwash, or having recently finished a drink. This can cause an inaccurate reading on a breath-test, such as a Breathalyzer, which usually detects this inaccuracy and registers the result as an invalid sample. Measurement is fallible and subject to error.

What is an Ignition Interlock?

An ignition interlock device is a personal breathalyzer connected to your vehicle’s ignition system. In order to start your vehicle with the ignition interlock, you must first test your blood alcohol content to ensure it’s within Alberta’s required limits. It’s a way to allow conditional driving privileges to persons charged with impaired driving.

What is the Mandatory Ignition Interlock Program?

Drivers convicted of drunk driving with over and/or whose was twice (or more) the legal limit (.08) must participate in the mandatory ignition interlock program for a minimum of 6 months. Those charged with refusal to provide a breath sample are also subject to this program.

Have More Questions Regarding Alberta’s DUI Laws?

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