Strengthening Alberta’s approach to impaired driving

Our province’s new impaired driving law will help to reduce the number of drinking drivers on our roads – and that means fewer deaths and serious injuries. Drivers who are criminally impaired or refuse to provide a breath sample will receive the harshest penalties. And, these drivers will still be charged with a criminal offence. Tougher consequences at the .05 to .08 level are designed to discourage drinking and driving – before drivers reach the criminally impaired level. Our goal is to create safer roads by ensuring that Albertans take responsibility for their actions behind the wheel.

Alberta is focusing on those who receive Criminal Code offences, repeat offenders and new drivers.
Education and enforcement are both key to Alberta’s approach.
This made-in-Alberta approach focuses on changing behaviours through mandatory courses and ignition interlock use.
Alberta does not believe that fines are the solution. These changes do not include fines or demerit points.
This legislation does not prevent responsible Albertans from having a drink with dinner or friends.
Our focus is safer roads.

Penalties

Starting July 1, 2012
For drivers with blood alcohol over .08:

  • Criminal charge
  • Immediate licence suspension which is sustained until criminal charge is resolved.
  • 1st charge: sustained licence suspension and 3-day vehicle seizure, “Planning Ahead” course.
  • 2nd charge: sustained licence suspension, 7- day vehicle seizure, “Impact” course.
  • 3rd charge: sustained licence suspension, 7-day vehicle seizure, “Impact” course.
  • Mandatory ignition interlock after criminal conviction – 1 year for 1st conviction; 3 years for 2nd conviction; 5 years for 3rd conviction.

Starting September 1, 2012
For drivers with Blood Alcohol .05 to .08:

  • 1st offence – Immediate 3-day licence suspension and 3-day vehicle seizure.
  • 2nd offence – Immediate 15-day licence suspension, 7-day vehicle seizure, “Planning Ahead” course.
  • 3rd offence – Immediate 30-day licence suspension, 7-day vehicle seizure, “Impact” course.

Starting July 1, 2012
For new (GDL) drivers with blood alcohol over .00

  • GDL driver found with any blood alcohol – Immediate 30-day licence suspension and 7-day vehicle seizure
June 28, 2012 at 10:53 pm | by adminMcKillop

Merchant Law Group launches $75-million class action after Alberta oil spill

Merchant Law Group LLP has launched a $75-million class action lawsuit against Plains Midstream Canada ULC in connection with the oil spill near Sundre, Alberta that occurred in early June 2012.

Approximately 475,000 litres of sour crude oil leaked into Jackson Creek near Sundre, the Merchant Law Group says in an online statement announcing the lawsuit. “The lawsuit will seek compensation for damages incurred by those living and working in the area of the spill who have been negatively impacted by the event.”

The allegations have not been proven in court.

The company has issued 14 information updates on the clean-up operation since June 9. The most recent noted that 279 response personnel were on site on June 22, and that more than 28,000 work hours have supported the clean-up effort thus far. A nearby trout pond, a refuge for birds and waterfowl in the area, had been closed as part of the clean-up efforts.

June 28, 2012 at 10:52 pm | by adminMcKillop

2012 Alberta Summer Games

Proud sponsor of the 2012 Alberta Summer Games

This year McKillop is a proud sponsor of the 2012 Alberta Summer Games. Our organization sees great value in supporting our youth as well as an active lifestyle. McKillop also sees hosting as a great opportunity for our City of Lethbridge will get to show visitors all the great things our City has to offer. Lethbridge will also benefit from the injection of additional revenues with visitors spending money in our local shops.

Have you considered volunteering? Hope to see you at the games!

June 8, 2012 at 8:28 pm | by adminMcKillop