Still drinking and driving?



    TORONTO, Oct. 8 /CNW/ - In light of the many recent impaired driving
collisions on Toronto's roadways - a reminder from Ontario Community Council
on Impaired Driving (OCCID) that there "are no excuses for drinking and
driving".
    2008 marks the 20th year for OCCID's arrive alive DRIVE SOBER(R) campaign
and through the decades most arrive alive DRIVE SOBER(R) messages have been
built on research that found "everyone knows it's wrong to drink and drive".
    In 2007 a TIRF study found 92% of all drunk driving trips are made by
4.4% of drivers. So for this group who are still taking chances on the roads,
OCCID reminds drivers that in Ontario the consequences for impaired driving
are significant. In a typical case, a driver charged with "over .08" or
"refuse to provide a breath sample":

    
    -  is immediately suspended from driving
    -  faces fines, program and reinstatement costs, and increases to
       insurance premiums totaling $20,000 at a minimum
    -  once convicted is required to use an ignition interlock device in
       their vehicle to drive again
    -  will have a criminal record
    -  will not have a regular driver licence for about two years
    

    OCCID notes an impaired driving offence stays on a driver licence for 10
years and repeat offenders face greater consequences which can include vehicle
forfeiture.
    OCCID further reminds all drivers that aiming for zero is the best policy
as in Ontario drivers at even .05 (below the criminal limit of .08) are
subject to an immediate short-term licence suspension.
    Visit www.arrivealive.org to find out more.





For further information:

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


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