Safer Roads for a Safer Ontario

If you’re caught driving with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) from 0.05 to 0.08 (known as the “warn range”), the police can immediately suspend your licence up to three days for a first occurrence, seven days for a second occurrence and 30 days for a third or subsequent occurrence. In each case, there is also a $150 Administrative  Penalty.

These roadside licence suspensions cannot be appealed. Suspensions will be recorded on the driver’s record for up to five years and will be considered when determining consequences for subsequent infractions – please see below.

 

Consequences for Driving with a 0.05 to 0.08 “Warn Range” Blood Alcohol Concentration


First Time

    3-day licence suspension

    $150 Administrative Monetary Penalty

 


Second Time (within 5 years)

    7-day licence suspension

    Mandatory education program

•    $150 Administrative Monetary Penalty


Third Time (within  5 years)

    30-day licence suspension

    Mandatory alcohol treatment program

    Six-month ignition interlock licence condition

•    $150 Administrative Monetary Penalty

 


Subsequent infractions (within 5 years)

    30-day licence suspension

•    Mandatory alcohol treatment program

•    Six-month ignition interlock licence condition

•    Mandatory medical evaluation

•    $150 Administrative Monetary Penalty

 


These changes came into 

effect May 1, 2009.

As your insurance broker, we care about you and your family. Any accident caused by an impaired driver can be devastating. Whether you’re involved in an accident or not, being charged with impaired driving has a major affect on your insurability and rates.

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