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(IRS) Immediate Roadside Suspension Program

Immediate Roadside Suspension (IRS) Program

Learn More About the IRS Program in Alberta

This legislation empowers peace officers with the authority to take immediate action when they have reasonable and probable grounds to believe that a driver’s blood alcohol concentration (BAC) exceeds 50 milligrams per 100 millilitres of blood (50 mg%).

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What to know about the IRS Program

The Immediate Roadside Suspension Program is a measure designed to protect the safety of all road users. It involves the suspension or disqualification of the driver’s operator’s License. In other words, the driver’s privilege to legally operate a motor vehicle will be immediately revoked. This action is taken due to the grave risks associated with impaired driving, which poses significant dangers to the driver themselves, passengers, and other road users.

However, the consequences do not stop at the suspension or disqualification of the driver’s License. The legislation also mandates that the driver’s vehicle be subjected to immediate seizure. This means that the vehicle used by the driver, who has been found to be driving with a BAC over the legal limit, will be impounded by the authorities. This additional step aims to deter individuals from engaging in impaired driving by imposing tangible and immediate consequences.

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The IRS Program is a legal framework designed to address cases of suspected impaired driving. It grants peace officers the authority to immediately suspend or disqualify a driver’s operator’s License and seize their vehicle if the driver’s breath sample confirms a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) exceeding the legal limit of 50 mg%.

When a peace officer has reasonable grounds to suspect a driver’s BAC is over the legal limit, they can request a breath sample. If the breath sample confirms a BAC exceeding 50 mg%, the driver’s License is immediately suspended or disqualified, and the vehicle can be seized on the spot.

An IRS leads to the immediate suspension or disqualification of the driver’s License, preventing them from legally operating a motor vehicle. Additionally, the legislation allows for the immediate seizure of the driver’s vehicle if their BAC is found to be over the legal limit.

The duration of an IRS varies depending on jurisdiction and specific circumstances. Typically, the suspension or disqualification period can range from a specified number of days to months, depending on the severity of the offence and any prior convictions.

Yes, drivers usually have the right to appeal an IRS decision. The process for appealing may involve submitting evidence or attending a hearing to contest the suspension or disqualification. It’s essential to consult the local laws and procedures to understand the appeal process accurately.

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