Alberta mulls driver retest rule, more photo radar

EDMONTON — Alberta’s Ministry of Transportation is considering a series of reforms, including lowering the legal blood-alcohol level and mandatory retesting for all drivers over the age of 75.

According to Canadian Press, the departments of Solicitor General, Justice and Transportation, suggest police be allowed to institute automatic 24-hour roadside suspensions for anyone with a .05 blood-alcohol level. The legal level is .08 under Canada’s Criminal Code, but provinces have discretion to issue suspensions for levels lower than that.

The initiative, which also includes ramping-up photo radar enforcement across Alberta, will soon undergo public consultation and will be brought forth in the legislature within six months, reports CP.

The mandatory testing proposal would require “clinical evaluation” of drivers over 75.

However, Infrastructure and Transportation Minister Lyle Oberg, said he isn’t completely sold on the initiative, adding that he expects some opposition to the plan.

The Alberta Motor Association doesn’t support the idea.

In Ontario, passenger car drivers are retested after the age of 80, while commercial vehicle operators are retested annually after they turn 65 — an arbitrary mandate that many truckers have tried to fight over the years.

— with files from Canadian Press

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