New Drinking and Driving Law as of May 1, 2009
Ontario's impaired driving laws have been toughened to send the message that drinking and driving is not acceptable under any circumstance.
Under the new laws, if you are found to have a blood alcohol concentration from 0.05 to 0.08 (the "warn range") while driving you will:
- Have your driver's licence suspended for three days the first time you are caught
- Have your driver's licence suspended for seven days and have to attend an alcohol education program the second time you are caught
- Have your driver's license suspended for 30 days, complete a remedial alcohol treatment program and have an ignition interlock condition placed on your driver's licence for six months.
Previously, drivers only received a 12-hour driver's licence suspension, no matter how many times they were caught.
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