SafeRoads Alberta

Do you need to appeal an administrative penalty for a DUI? 

SafeRoads Alberta is a provincial administrative system that conducts reviews of Notices of Administrative Penalties under the new Alberta DUI system. McGlashan and Company is here to fight for you. 

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SafeRoads Alberta

SafeRoads Alberta is the system and adjudicative body that governs Alberta’s driving under the influence laws and administrative penalties. Rather than criminal charges, SafeRoads Alberta governs administrative penalties that have similar consequences to DUI charges, but they do not typically involve criminal charges. Most people who are issued an administrative penalty under SafeRoads Alberta will not be required to have a court date or be charged criminally; however, in some repeat or particular cases you may receive a criminal charge as well as an administrative penalty. SafeRoads Alberta governs administrative penalties which might be issued to anyone suspected of driving under the influence. 


More information on what SafeRoads Alberta is.

SafeRoads Alberta Appeal

If you receive an administrative penalty, you can file an appeal. You only have SEVEN DAYS to appeal from the date it was issued. Contact Brian McGlashan if you are looking to appeal to SafeRoads Alberta, and for the best possible outcome in your appeal. 


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This Administrative Penalty can be appealed. Individuals have only 7 days to file their Appeal - SafeRoads Alberta

Immediate Roadside Sanctions

In Alberta, if you are found to be driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, individuals end up receiving essentially the same penalty that they would have received if they had previously been convicted of the offence, only typically without a Criminal Record or court appearance.  These are now called “Immediate Roadside Sanctions”. Instead of a court charge, individuals face an Administrative Penalty from the province. 

These Immediate Roadside Sanctions can include a fine, license suspension, vehicle seizure, and more. Most Albertans who are given an administrative penalty under SafeRoads Alberta will not receive a criminal charge; however, the administrative penalty will still appear on your Driver’s Abstract, which will likely affect your insurance rates. Some Immediate Roadside Sanctions, though, will also come with criminal charges if you have received multiple administrative penalties or because of the severity or other unique facts of the case.   

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If you’ve been stopped by the Police and served an Immediate Roadside Sanction administrative penalty, Brian McGlashan can help. With over 25 years of experience defending DUI cases, Brian knows the ins and outs of appealing alleged DUIs. If you’re facing a drunk driving administrative penalty, don’t hesitate to contact our team 

Our team will help you file an appeal for SafeRoads in Alberta and argue your case before the administrative penalty Adjudicator. Contact Brian McGlashan today to appeal your provincial suspension and administrative penalty for driving under the influence. 

Information from the Government of Alberta about the Provincial Administrative Penalties Act can be found here.

Penalties for DUI in Alberta 

Penalties for a DUI in Alberta include: 

  • Licence suspension anywhere from 24 hours to an indefinite driving ban, depending on the severity of the offence and whether or not you have more than one DUI on your record. 
  • Vehicle seizure from 24 hours up to 60 days 
  • Fines, up to $2000 or more. 
  • Required participating in the Ignition Interlock Program 
  • Victim surcharges

First-time offences that will be given an administrative penalty:

You can receive an administrative penalty for: 

  • Refusing a breathalyzer or roadside test 
  • Driving with blood alcohol level over 0.04 
  • Driving with any blood alcohol concentration in certain circumstances. 
  • Any suspected driving under the influence or “impaired driving”. This applies to alcohol, drugs, or a combination of alcohol and a drug. 


If you are a second time offender, or were driving with a blood alcohol level over 0.08, you may also receive a criminal DUI charge. Contact Brian McGlashan to appeal administrative penalties AND fight your criminal DUI charges.