Drunk Driving and the Holiday Season

Appealing an Immediate Roadside Sanction During the Holidays

During the holiday season, it’s crucial to be aware of the legal ramifications associated with impaired driving. The holiday season historically leads to a large increase in impaired driving charges and penalties, and in Alberta the Immediate Roadside Sanction program can add an extra layer of difficulty as the you only have seven days to appeal any IRS Notice of Administrative Penalty.This quick requirement to appeal IRS administrative penalties is difficult enough without the added stress of the holiday season, so it’s important to know what to do if you are charged with drunk driving, impaired driving, refusing to provide a sample, or DUI, this holiday season. 

Time-Sensitive Immediate Roadside Sanctions

If you find yourself facing an immediate roadside sanction due to suspected impaired driving, it’s essential to act swiftly. In Albert, you only have a narrow seven-day window to appeal the administrative penalty. The holiday season, with its flurry of activities and obligations, can make meeting this deadline particularly challenging. Seeking legal representation is a crucial step in navigating this process effectively, and they can assist in getting your appeal filed and ready for review within the right time frame.

Why does Drunk Driving Increase During the Holidays?

The holiday season often brings an increase in social gatherings, holiday parties, and overall merriment. This also often leads to a rise in alcohol consumption in public spaces and possibly impaired driving. The combination of holiday celebrations, social gatherings, and the cultural emphasis on festive socializing contributes to a heightened risk of individuals encountering the police after alcohol consumption and driving.

Statistics reveal an uptick in impaired driving. Holidays may be linked to an increase in impaired driving. This underscores the need for heightened awareness and responsible decision-making to ensure the safety of Canadian roads during this joyous yet perilous time of the year. The holiday season also brings with it increased levels of police enforcement, including check stops.  If you find yourself in receipt of an IRS penalty this holiday season, it’s important to act fast and contact an experienced DUI lawyer.

Consequences of a DUI During the Holiday Season

The consequences of a DUI during the holiday season can be severe and far-reaching. Aside from legal penalties such as fines, license suspension, and mandatory alcohol education programs, the social stigma and impact on one’s personal and professional life can be profound. Taking immediate action is crucial, and this includes understanding the importance of appealing an immediate roadside sanction within the stipulated time frame.

Contact a DUI Lawyer for Holiday Infractions

If you have been given an IRS for impaired driving, having a knowledgeable and experienced DUI lawyer like Brian McGlashan can make all the difference. With a focus on DUI defence, Mr. McGlashan is well-versed in the intricacies of Immediate Roadside Sanctions and can help you through the appeals process, providing a valuable lifeline during the time-sensitive holiday season. His experience ensures that your case is handled efficiently and effectively, giving you the best chance of a favorable outcome.

As the holiday season approaches understanding the consequences of a DUI is crucial for making responsible choices. Moreover, the seven day time limit of appealing an Immediate Roadside Sanction penalty makes it all the more important to promptly contact a DUI lawyer. Brian McGlashan’s experience as a DUI lawyer can be the key to navigating the legal complexities efficiently and providing a path towards resolution during the holiday season.


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Brian McGlashan
Brian McGlashan, co-founder of McGlashan & Company was called to the Alberta Bar in 1995. Brian has appeared in all levels of Alberta Courts. Brian practices criminal law with a primary focus on Impaired Driving charges (DUI). Brian is a member of the Criminal Trial Lawyers’ Association.

McGlashan & Company is an Edmonton Criminal Law Firm located just south of Edmonton’s historic Whyte Avenue.

Brian McGlashan has been defending DUI/Impaired Driving charges in Edmonton for over 20+ years.