In Alberta, the demerit point system is used to maintain an accurate account of a driver’s demeritable convictions on their driving record. Demerit points are assigned to a client’s driving record in accordance with the Regulations under the Motor Vehicle Administration Act.
If you accumulate 15 or more demerit points within a two year period on your driving record, your license will be suspended for one month. With each subsequent suspension, within a prescribed time period, the time period you lose your license for increases.
Below are some of the common, unsafe actions that result in drivers being assessed demerit points.
|Failing to obey instruction of traffic control device||2 points|
|Traffic lane violation||2 points|
|Failure to signal a lane change||2 points|
|Failing to stop as directed by traffic control devices or as otherwise required||3 points|
|Failing to yield right-of-way to a vehicle or pedestrian||3 points|
|Failure to stop for a red light||3 points|
|Driving through or around a railway crossing gate||3 points|
|Failing to stop for a school bus||6 points|
|Speeding at an unreasonable rate||4 points|
|Exceeding the speed limit by up to 15 km/h||2 points|
|Exceeding the speed limit by more than 15 km/h but not more than 30 km/h||3 points|
|Exceeding the speed limit by more than 50 km/h||6 points|
|Racing on a highway||6 points|
|Following too close||4 points|
Driving a vehicle on a roadway without due care and attention, or without reasonable consideration for persons using the roadway, is considered careless driving. This results in a court appearance, six demerit points against your license and up to a three-month license suspension from the courts.
The risks and consequences increase if you are convicted of dangerous driving. Operating a motor vehicle in a manner that is dangerous to the public is a criminal code conviction and results in a one year suspension of your driver’s license. Drivers convicted of dangerous driving causing injury or death receive a mandatory five-year license suspension.