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Alberta Demerit Point Breakdown

Some offences are not tracked by the demerit point system. Criminal offences* such as impaired driving or dangerous driving usually carry hefty fines, the suspension of your licence, or even prison time. Conviction of either driving while suspended or without insurance will also net an immediate large fine, as well as other more serious consequences. As well, Alberta’s new Distracted Driving Legislation restricts drivers from using cellphones, electronic devices, reading, and other acts that distract while driving. The charge for this offence is a fine of $172, and no demerit points.

Having your licence suspended means you are no longer legally allowed to drive, and it can also end up being quite expensive. If you are a graduated licence holder, your licence will be suspended once you reach 8 demerit points, and 15 demerit points for full class 5 licence holders.

The courts may also suspend your licence for some of the more serious offences. Be aware of your rights, avoid high fines and possible jail time, and contact Got a Ticket Fight It now.

Need to know how many demerit points you may be facing? Check out our breakdown of offences below.

2 Demerit Points

  • Speeding – exceeding limit by up to 15 km/h
  • Traffic lane violation
  • Driving at less than minimum speed
  • Improper turns (including U-turns)
  • Improper backing
  • Failing to obey traffic control device (traffic lights and signs)
  • Curfew violation – graduated driver licensing only
  • Having more passengers than seatbelts – graduated driver licensing only
  • Unqualified supervisor – graduated driver licensing only

4 Demerit Points

  • Speeding – exceeding limit by more than 30 but less than 50 km/h
  • Speeding – unreasonable rate
  • Following too closely (tailgating)
  • Passing vehicle stopped at crosswalk
  • Failing to yield right-of-way to a pedestrian on a crosswalk

6 Demerit Points

  • Speeding – exceeding limit by more than 50 km/h
  • Racing
  • Failing to stop for a school bus
  • Careless driving
 

3 Demerit Points

  • Driving left of center
  • Driving on the wrong way of a one-way highway
  • Failing to report an accident
  • Failing to stop at a stop sign
  • Failing to stop at a red light intersection
  • Failing to yield
  • Impeding passing vehicle
  • Improper passing
  • Proceeding when unsafe
  • Stunting
  • Speeding – exceeding limit by more than 15 but less than 30 km/h

5 Demerit Points

  • Failing to stop for a peace officer
  • Failing to stop for a school bus or vehicle carrying explosives/gas/flammable liquids at an uncontrolled railway crossing

7 Demerit Points

  • Failing to remain at the scene of an accident
 

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