Under the first four months of Alberta's tough new .05 impaired driving law, almost 800 people had their vehicles taken away and more lost their licence for three days.
The new penalties for people caught above .05 but below .08 kicked in on September 1st. By New Year's Eve, police had issued 910 on the spot licence suspensions and 770 vehicles were towed away. The province says people with graduated licences where NO alcohol is allowed had more than 600 vehicles seized and 719 temporarily lost their licences.
Between July and December last year more than 44 hundred people caught over .08 had their driver's licences suspended immediately until they went to court. However the new bite in the law also saw almost 34 hundred vehicles seized for three days.