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Alcohol and Road Safety​

drink driving

If you are breathalysed and are 0.08 over the blood alcohol limit, you are drink driving. If you operate a car with a blood drug concentration that exceeds the prescribed amount, this also constitutes to being over the limit.

Penalties:

First offence

  • 80-119 mg: minimum $1,000 fine
  • 120-159 mg: minimum $1,500 fine
  • 160 mg or more: minimum $2,500 fine
  • Refuse to be tested: minimum $2,000 fine

Second offence

  • Minimum 30 days imprisonment

Third offence or more

  • Minimum 120 days imprisonment

Maximum penalties

  • For impaired driving causing no bodily harm or death: summary conviction carries two years less a day imprisonment, indictment carries 10 years imprisonment
  • Impaired driving causing bodily harm: Summary conviction for less severe injuries carries two years less a day imprisonment, indictment carries 14 years imprisonment
  • Impaired driving causing death: life imprisonment

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Read more​​ about road rules to follow for visitors driving in Canada.