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Alberta drivers license suspension or revocation causes hardship

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police said an Alberta teen who was showing off for his friends is now paying a hefty price. The 17-year-old from Fort McMurray was recently handed down a 30-day driver's license suspension and a $1,000 fine after he was stopped for speeding on a weekend in May. The RCMP said they clocked the youth going 197 km/h in a 100 km/h zone. In similar circumstances, a driver faces a drivers license suspension or revocation.

The vehicle was stopped on Highway 663, east of Boyle, Alberta. Police said the driver had two passengers in the vehicle with him. The teen apparently told police he was showing off for his friends. The RCMP used the incident to remind the public in Alberta that they will be out in force to apprehend speeding drivers over the upcoming long holiday weekend.

The teen pleaded guilty to driving at an excessive rate of speed. He holds only a probationary Class 5 Graduated Driver's License (GDL). Drivers who are clocked doing more than 50 km/h over a posted speed limit face a mandatory court appearance. They could be fined up to a maximum of $2,300 and face a drivers license suspension of up to 90 days.

Those who have had a drivers license suspension or revocation may find it difficult to get to a job difficult or do other things that require transportation. The court will not consider hardship as a reason to impose a drivers license suspension or revocation. Those Alberta residents facing these issues have every right to contest the accusations and seek the best result possible under the circumstances. 

Source:, "Alberta teen "showing off" for friends lands himself licence suspension, $1K fine: RCMP", Caley Ramsay Online, July 27, 2017

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