Drinking and Driving Tips

Ontario has cracked down on some of the worst offenders on our roads — drinking drivers and drivers suspended for Criminal Code convictions.1
These drivers put others at risk and must be held accountable and responsible for their actions.

Ontario leads the way in combating drinking and through some of the toughest laws and program; North America, including:

  • Immediate licence suspension
  • Stiff fines longer suspension periods
  • Mandatory alcohol education and treatment program
  • Vehicle impoundment
  • New-ignition interlock program

Most drinking drivers killed in crashes had blood alcohol levels almost double the legal limit.

New ignition interlock

Ontario's latest tool to prevent drinking and driving

An ignition interlock is an in-car alcohol breath screening device that prevents a vehicle from starting if it detects alcohol on the breath of the operator.
Anyone convicted of an impaired driving offence committed on or after December 23, 2001 is subject to Ontario's Ignition Interlock Program.
After serving the current provincial sanctions, those eligible to have their driver's licence reinstated will have an "I" condition placed on their Ontario driver's licence for at least one year, with longer terms for repeat offenders. This condition requires any vehicle they drive be equipped with an approved ignition interlock device.
Drivers who choose not to install a device must not drive until the condition is removed from their licence.
1 In addition to drinking and driving, Criminal Code convictions include criminal negligence causing bodily harm or death, manslaughter, dangerous driving failing to remain at the scene of an accident and fleeing from police.
Drivers subject to an ignition interlock condition are responsible for all installation and maintenance costs for the device.




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