Drunk Driving in Ontario and Why You Must Never Drink and Drive

If you think that drinking and driving is no big deal, think again. It is unsafe, very dangerous and can carry some stiff legal and financial penalties as well. Let’s look at a few of the many reasons why you shouldn’t drink and drive in Ontario. Hopefully these important reasons will help you to think twice before getting behind the wheel so that Ontario’s roads can be safer for everyone.

Reasons Not To Drink And Drive

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    Drinking and driving is a serious offense in Ontario.

    Ontario has some of the strictest drinking and driving laws in North America. They take this problem seriously because they want their roads to be safe for all their drivers. You should know that drinking and driving is a serious offense with real consequences. If you are caught drinking and driving you will face fines, suspensions on your license, higher insurance premiums and more. It isn’t worth the risk. If you are going to drink in Ontario, make sure that you get a ride home.

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    Learner drivers have very strict alcohol rules.

    While Ontario’s drinking and driving laws are strict for all drivers they are especially strict for learner drivers. If you have a provisional license or a learner’s permit you cannot have any alcohol in your blood when you drive. You should also know that there are limits on the amount of alcohol that your supervising driver can have. Supervising drivers must have a blood alcohol level of 0.00%, too. If you are just learning to drive or if you have a provisional license make sure that you haven’t had anything to drink in a really long time if you intend to drive. Also make sure that you find a suitable supervising driver with plenty of experience that hasn’t been drinking either.

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    Drinking and driving can be really expensive.

    Ontario has some very expensive financial penalties for those that break the law and drink and drive. Let’s look at just a few of the expenses that you will face if you have to go to court about a drinking and driving conviction. Generally you can expect court costs to run between $2,000 and $10,000. If you are found to be in violation of Ontario’s criminal code you will have to pay a $1,000 fine. Some offenders must attend a mandatory alcohol treatment program which can cost $578. If you need an ignition interlock device you can expect to spend $1,300. Plus you can face roadside suspensions of your license which carry a fee of $150. Also your auto insurance premiums will go up around $4,500 per year. If you can’t afford these fines, you can’t afford to drink and drive.

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    Drinking and driving carries long term consequences.

    If you are convicted of driving while impaired, you will have long term consequences. Your conviction will remain on your driving record for at least 10 years. Drinking and driving may seem like a short term solution to a problem, but it can carry lifelong consequences, especially if someone is injured or killed by your actions.

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    If you refuse a breath test you can lose your license.

    If a law enforcement officer asks you to take a breath alcohol test at any time while you are driving you must consent. If you refuse this test you will immediately lose your license even if you haven’t been drinking and if you aren’t intoxicated.

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    You can face immediate road side suspensions for drinking and driving.

    If you are caught driving in what is called the “warm range” you can have your license immediately suspended for a period of time and face a fine. The “warm range” is anyone with a blood alcohol level between .05% and .08%. For the first offense you will receive a $150 fine and a 3 day suspension. Each subsequent offense will carry greater penalties.

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    Drinking and driving is wrong, but so is driving any time you are impaired.

    Don’t drive if you have been drinking. You should also pay attention to determine if you can safely drive if you have been taking any prescription or over the counter medications. These can interfere with your ability to drive as well. Be especially careful if you are combining medications with alcohol as they can often amplify the effects and make you feel intoxicated much sooner. It is also important to avoid driving if you are using any illegal drugs. If anything is making it more difficult to react to situations quickly, don’t drive.

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    Be careful when letting others borrow your vehicle.

    Before letting anyone borrow your vehicle make sure that you know that they have a license and that they don’t have to use an ignition interlock device. If someone that must have an ignition interlock device is caught driving a vehicle without one the car will go into impound for at least 7 days, even if it is someone else’s car. Always verify that potential drivers of your vehicle are properly licensed.

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    It is always best to get a ride.

    If you want to drink make the simple decision that you will not drive. This will make it a lot easier to avoid any legal problems or accidents. Before you start drinking make plans for getting around. This can mean asking for rides, calling a cab or spending the night somewhere. If you think about how you will be getting around before you start drinking you won’t have to decide if it is safe to drive once you have had a couple of drinks.

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    If you are intoxicated you should also avoid the appearance of driving.

    Many drivers don’t know that you cannot even sit in the driver’s seat of a car if you are too impaired to drive. This is just as illegal as driving. If you have been drinking, stay in the backseat to avoid getting a ticket. Drinking and driving is serious in Ontario, so make sure that you listen to this advice and that you avoid drinking and driving.