arrive alive DRIVE SOBER(R) is reminding drivers to review the penalties, costs and consequences for impaired driving and to plan a safe ride home.



    TORONTO, June 24 /CNW/ - Surveys of the public over the last eight years
have found that the public are unaware of the some/all of the penalties;
Ontario also has new legislation implemented on May 1st this year:

    
    -   Drivers are immediately suspended from driving and taken off the road
        at .05 and will lose their licence for 3 to 30 days (.08 is the
        criminal level)
    -   You can be charged with impaired driving irrespective of your blood
        alcohol level
    -   A first-time impaired driving conviction will cost a driver more than
        $20,000 for fines, fees, education, insurance, legal costs, etc. if
        they want to drive again
    -   Consequences for impaired driving include a loss of a regular valid
        driver licence in Ontario for two+ years in Ontario
    -   An ignition interlock device will be part of the reinstatement
        process even for a first-time offender
    -   Impaired boaters lose their driver's licence and face all the
        consequences for impaired driving
    -   The maximum penalty for impaired driving causing death is life in
        prison
    

    arrive alive DRIVE SOBER(R) is in its 21st year of sharing information to
promote awareness about impaired driving risks, penalties and prevention
strategies. The recent tragic death of three teens in Sudbury reminds us all
that there is work to be done. "Action Sudbury has been campaigning for 25
years and a lot of lives have been saved over the years because of their
efforts" said arrive alive DRIVE SOBER President Brian Mitchell - "there is
still more work to be done".

    arrive alive DRIVE SOBER(R) hosted their 15th Drive Straight Charity Golf
Tournament today to raise funds to continue raising awareness...
    Visit www.arrivealive.org to find out more.





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For further information: Media Contact: Anne Leonard, (416) 578-4829


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