Ontario's New Drinking And Driving Law

    Stiffer Sanctions For Impaired Drivers

    TORONTO, April 30 /CNW/ -


    Ontario has toughened its impaired driving laws to drive home the message
that drinking and driving is not acceptable under any circumstance.
    As of May 1, 2009, if you are found to have a blood alcohol concentration
(http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/safety/impaired/fact-sheet.shtml) from 0.05
to 0.08 (the "warn range") while driving you will:

    -   Have your driver's licence suspended for three days the first time
        you are caught
    -   Have your driver's licence suspended for seven days and have to
        attend an alcohol education program
        (http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/safety/impaired/part2.shtml) the
        second time you are caught
    -   Have your driver's license suspended for 30 days, complete a remedial
        alcohol treatment program and have an ignition interlock
        condition placed on your driver's licence for six months.

    Previously, drivers only received a 12-hour driver's licence suspension,
no matter how many times they were caught.


    "Even a small amount of alcohol can affect your driving. These tougher
penalties show that we mean business when we say don't drink and drive."
    - Transportation Minister Jim Bradley

    "In light of the recent discussion in the media about this change, it is
important to note that drivers with a BAC between 0.05 and 0.08 have been
subject to short-term suspensions since 1981; the new aspect is recorded,
escalating sanctions. These increased consequences should motivate us all to
aim for zero."
    - Arrive Alive DRIVE SOBER (http://www.arrivealive.org/) president
      Brian Mitchell


    -   You don't need to have a 0.08 blood alcohol concentration to be
        impaired. Statistics show that drivers whose blood alcohol
        concentration is from 0.05 to 0.08 are about seven times more likely
        to be involved in a fatal collision than someone who has not been
    -   In 2005, one of every six fatally injured drinking drivers had a
        blood alcohol concentration of less than 0.08.


    Learn more about drinking and driving law in Ontario

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For further information:

For further information: Nicole Lippa-Gasparro, Minister's Office, (416)
327-1815; Bob Nichols, Communications Branch, (416) 327-1158

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