Red Deer police issue tickets to drunk driver following serious two-vehicle crash

The driver of the vehicle that allegedly ran the stop sign was subjected to a breathalyzer test and subsequently received an Instant Traffic Sanction (IRS) and additional tickets for a) failing to stop at a stop sign and b) driving at an unreasonable speed.

Because no one was seriously injured, the driver will not be charged with a crime.

The driver received an IRS FAIL rating from the IRS, which is issued in Alberta to offenders who have a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08 or higher, who fail or refuse to pass drug and alcohol tests and who fail drug tests.

There are progressive penalties for first, second and third offenses. RCMP could not confirm how many IRS FAILs this driver received, but a first offense includes:

  1. 90 days during which you are unable to drive under any circumstances
  2. further 12-month driving licence suspension:
    1. During this 12-month suspension period, you may participate in Alberta’s IRS: FAIL Ignition Interlock Program and drive a vehicle equipped with an ignition interlock device. If you choose not to participate in the Ignition Interlock Program, your driver’s license will remain suspended and you will not be able to legally drive.
  3. Complete the Planning Ahead course.
  4. 30-day vehicle seizure.
  5. $1,000 fine plus 20% victim surcharge.
  6. If you are charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs and convicted, the court will also impose additional penalties.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) said the investigation into the crash had been concluded.

Not so long ago Canada Day Long WeekendAlberta RCMP have issued a drink-driving alert after seven fatal road crashes occurred between June 28 and July 1.

“While our officers work to keep the roads safe, Albertans also have a role to play in making sure everyone gets home safely,” said Sgt. Darrin Turnbull of the Alberta RCMP Traffic Division.

That same weekend, 101 impaired drivers were removed from provincial roads. 79 were issued an IRS FAIL and 22 an IRS WARN.

To learn more about the IRS system in Alberta, visit

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