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IMPAIRED DRIVING WARNING RANGE

A CONVICTION FOR IMPAIRED DRIVING:

In Ontario, your BAC does not have to be over the 0.08 legal limit to result in serious consequences. If you register a BAC from 0.05 to 0.08 (commonly referred to as the warn range), you will face provincial administrative penalties. Drug impaired driving
Drugs can also impair your ability to drive. This is true for both illegal drugs and prescription or over-the-counter medication. Tips to avoid impaired driving
There are simple steps you can take to avoid driving while you’re impaired by drugs or alcohol:

make sure you have a plan to get home safely ask your doctor or pharmacist about side effects related to driving when using prescription medication read the information on the package of any prescription drugs or over-the-counter medicine, including allergy and cold remedies ask your doctor or pharmacist about how a prescription drug could affect you- drugs and alcohol together can impair your driving even more than either one alone

Remember, fatigue and stress will also affect your ability to drive safely. Consequences of impaired driving Zero BAC

The Zero BAC law means that certain drivers cannot have any presence of alcohol in their blood while they drive. This law applies to:
all drivers age 21 or under novice drivers of any age
If you are caught with a BAC above zero, here is what will happen:
your driver’s licence will be suspended on the spot for 24 hours if convicted, your driver’s licence will be suspended again for at least 30 days and you will receive a $60-$500 fine

If you are a novice driver and have your licence suspended for drinking and driving, your licence could be cancelled. You will have to retake all your driving tests and repay all the fees. If your BAC tests in the Warn Range (0.05 – 0.08): Consequences for driving in the Warn Range. Number of instances Consequences First time

3-day roadside licence suspension (cannot be appealed) $180 administrative monetary penalty

Second time (within 5 years)
7-day roadside licence suspension (cannot be appealed) Mandatory alcohol education program $180 administrative monetary penalty

Third and subsequent times (within 5 years)
30-day roadside licence suspension (cannot be appealed) Mandatory alcohol treatment program Six-month ignition interlock $180 administrative monetary penalty

If you test over the legal limit of 0.08 OR refuse a drug or alcohol test:
90-day roadside licence suspension $180 administrative monetary penalty 7 day vehicle impoundment

If you are convicted of impaired driving: Penalties for impaired driving convictions.
Number of instances Penalties
First time
Mandatory alcohol education or treatment program 1 year minimum requirement to drive a car equipped with an ignition interlock device No minimum jail sentence $1,000 fine Licence suspended for 1 year*

Second time
Mandatory alcohol education or treatment program 3 year minimum requirement to drive a car equipped with an ignition interlock device 30-day minimum jail sentence Fine amount at the discretion of the judge Licence suspended for 3 years

Third and subsequent times
Mandatory alcohol education or treatment program Lifetime minimum requirement to drive a car equipped with an ignition interlock device 120-day minimum jail sentence Fine amount at the discretion of the judge Lifetime licence suspension (can be reduced to 10 years if certain conditions are met); Contact us today to find out more…

  • 48.3.1 Highway Traffic Act, R.S.O. 1990

  • . (1) Where a police officer is satisfied that a person driving or having the care, charge or control of a motor vehicle or operating or having the care or control of a vessel meets the criteria set out in subsection (2), and where the officer reasonably believes, taking into account all of the circumstances, including the criteria set out in subsection (2), that the person’s ability to operate a motor vehicle or vessel is or, at the time the person was driving or having the care, charge or control of the motor vehicle or operating or having the care or control of the vessel, was impaired by a drug or by a combination of a drug and alcohol, the officer shall request that the person surrender his or her driver’s licence. 2015, c. 14, s. 14.

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All traffic ticket violations and Provincial offence summons are dealt within the Provincial court locations in Ontario. We have been providing legal services to all of Ontario in the GTA area for over 15 years.

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