Effective April 9, 2018, the Alberta impaired law has changed. Under the new legislation, officers will be given wider discretion on whether or not to criminally charge those who blow over the legal limit of .08.
For the most part, new offenders will see a license suspension rather than face criminal charges. These changes follow an Alberta Court of Appeal decision back in May that struck down the existing DUI laws. The province found that tying a license suspension to the outcome on the court case was unconstitutional, allowing the Officers to be both judge and jury on the roadside.