Driving Drug Impaired In Ontario

Beginning Monday October 2, 2016 Ontario will have stiffer laws regarding driving under the influence of drugs. Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol is still a criminal activity however Police will soon be able to also suspend the licenses of drug-impaired drivers as well as punish them with the same penalties as drunk driving.

Penalties include a $180 fine and suspension of your license for 3 days on the first incident. Further incidences will result in a 7 day and 30 day suspensions. These penalties will be felt by drivers who fail roadside sobriety tests.

Further testing done by a drug recognition expert at a police station can lead to a 90 day suspension and 7 day vehicle impoundment. Additionally, drug-impaired drivers could face mandatory education,  treatment programs, and installation of an ignition interlock device in their vehicle with two or more license suspensions within 10 years.

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