EDMONTON - Three people who lost their driver's licences under Alberta's new impaired driving law want them back pending the outcome of a constitutional challenge.

Lawyers for the three were in an Edmonton court seeking to have the licence suspensions stayed.

Since last July, drivers who are pulled over and blow over .08 have their vehicles impounded for three days and lose their licences until their cases are resolved in court.

Lawyer Fred Kozak has said he plans to argue that the law presumes guilt and violates people's charter rights by suspending their licences indefinitely.

Kozak has said it could take a year before the constitutional challenge is heard.

There is no word on when the court will rule on the stay applications.

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  • For drivers with blood alcohol over .08: Automatic criminal charge

  • For drivers with blood alcohol over .08: Immediate licence suspension which is sustained until criminal charge is resolved.

  • For drivers with blood alcohol over .08: 2nd charge: sustained licence suspension, 7- day vehicle seizure, "Impact" course.

  • For drivers with blood alcohol over .08: 1st charge: sustained licence suspension and 3-day vehicle seizure, "Planning Ahead" course.

  • For drivers with blood alcohol over .08: 3rd charge: sustained licence suspension, 7-day vehicle seizure, "Impact" course.

  • For drivers with blood alcohol over .08: Mandatory ignition interlock after criminal conviction - 1 year for 1st conviction; 3 years for 2nd conviction; 5 years for 3rd conviction.

  • For drivers with Blood Alcohol .05 to .08: 1st offence - Immediate 3-day licence suspension and 3-day vehicle seizure.

  • For drivers with Blood Alcohol .05 to .08: 2nd offence - Immediate 15-day licence suspension, 7-day vehicle seizure, "Planning Ahead" course.

  • For drivers with Blood Alcohol .05 to .08: 3rd offence - Immediate 30-day licence suspension, 7-day vehicle seizure, "Impact" course.

  • For new (GDL) drivers with blood alcohol over .00: GDL driver found with any blood alcohol - Immediate 30-day licence suspension and 7-day vehicle seizure