Impaired driving is a criminal offence that is committed when a driver operates a motor vehicle while the person’s ability to operate the motor vehicle is impaired by alcohol, drugs or combination of the two. This includes cars, trucks, boats, snowmobiles, and off-road vehicles whether it is in motion or not.
As an addition to our previous post, New Ontario Driving Laws, a full-licensed (G) driver with a blood alcohol concentration in warn range (0.05 to 0.08) will get a license suspension ranging from three days to thirty days, with a penalty ranging from $250 to $450 starting January 2019.
If the driver’s blood alcohol concentration is over the legal limit or they refuse to take a drug or alcohol testing, they will face a ninety day license suspension with $550 penalty. They will also be required to install an interlock device in their car for a minimum of six months. Young drivers are required to have a blood alcohol concentration of zero. Those who get convicted in court in violation of this have their license suspended for an additional thirty days with an additional fine ranging from $60 to $500.
With the advent of new marijuana laws in Ontario, driving in impaired by drugs can face the same sanctions as impaired driving with alcohol. At roadside you could face a 3-30 day license suspension and $198 monetary penalty. After a drug expert’s evaluation, you could receive 90 days license suspension and have your vehicle immediately impounded for 7 days as well as facing a $198 fine.
Besides being distracted while driving, drivers are required to keep at least 1-metre distance when passing a cyclist. If convicted, you could get a ticket of $110 and 2 demerit points. Additionally you could be fined up to $125 for smoking in a motor vehicle with passengers under 16 years old.
Driving is a privilege, please be responsible when operating a motor vehicle. For your safety and the safety of those around, we urge you to follow all driving laws and don’t drive impaired.