Ontario. THINKING OF DRINKING AND DRIVING?



    Driving drunk tonight can keep you from having a regular valid driver
    licence until March 2010.

    TORONTO, Dec. 31 /CNW/ - In Ontario the costs and consequences for being
charged with "over .08" are significant and will keep you from having a
regular driver licence for two+ years. Consequences for a first time offender
include:

    
    -   Immediate 90-day Licence Suspension
    -   One-year driving prohibition/suspension
    -   Fine (not less than $600)
    -   Assessment for alcohol use and Back on Track program (user pays cost
        of $475 + gst)
    -   Ignition interlock device for one year (once licence reinstated)
        (approx. $1300)
    -   Licence reinstatement fee ($150)
    -   Criminal record
    -   Legal Costs (your legal counsel) ranging from $2,000 to $10,000
    -   increased insurance premiums (minimum of $5,000 annually for at least
        three years)
    -   Minimum costs for a first-time offender with no collision (equal
        sign) $20,000
    

    According to Ontario Community Council on Impaired Driving 's (OCCID's)
Executive Director Anne Leonard, "most of the public are unaware of the full
consequences for the charge of "over .08" and about half are unaware that at
"over .05" you are also taken off the road. Only 32% realize that being caught
and convicted will cost a driver at least $20,000", and she continues, "only
43% realize that all convicted impaired drivers face a one-year period of an
ignition interlock condition on their licence." OCCID has been surveying the
public for the last seven years to determine their knowledge of the many new
sanctions and consequences for impaired drivers.

    Ontario Community Council on Impaired Driving (OCCID) is a registered
charity operating in Ontario since the late eighties. OCCID has hosted the
arrive alive DRIVE SOBER(R) campaign since that time; the campaign shares
resources and information with community groups, police, public health,
schools, businesses and broadcasters to raise awareness of impaired driving
and how to prevent it.
    Sponsors and partners of arrive alive DRIVE SOBER include The Beer Store,
Ministry of Transportation, and Pilot Insurance.
    Visit our website for more detail on the reinstatement process
www.occid.org

    arrive alive DRIVE SOBER!





For further information:

For further information: Anne Leonard, (416) 578-4829, Ontario Community
Council on Impaired Driving, 1387 Bayview Avenue, Suite 106, Toronto, ON, M4G
3A5, tel: (416) 485-4411, fax: (416) 485-8879


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