2013 is just around the corner. With it comes all the fun of TV countdowns, great music, an overwhelming amount of food, and a great night with friends. If you’re not careful, however, all the fun could be lost in the back of a police car, in a jail cell, in an ambulance, or worse.
What is Impaired Driving?
Impaired Driving is driving while under the influence of alcohol or other drugs. These intoxicants affect one’s ability to concentrate and react to driving conditions. And with thousands of pounds of vehicle behind him or her, an impaired driver is a dangerous driver.
Impaired Driving is a serious criminal offence. In fact one can be charged with Impaired Driving by simply sitting in the driver’s seat, even if the vehicle is not moving. These charges carry hefty fines, license suspensions, and jail time.
- The minimum monetary penalty for driving with a BAC (blood-alcohol level) between 0.05% and 0.08% is $150. The minimum fine for driving with a 0.08% BAC or higher is more than $1000.
- Drivers convicted of Impaired Driving must enter an Alcohol Education Program and Alcohol Treatment Program.
- Ignition Interlock devices (breathalyzers) are mandatory for a minimum of 1 year for first-time offenders. Ignition Interlock devices are mandatory for third-time offenders for the remainder of their driving lives.
- There is a minimum 120 day jail sentence for third-time offenders.
- First-time offenders will have their license suspended for one year. Third-time offenders may have their license suspended for the remainder of their lifetime.
How do I protect myself from an Impaired Driving charge?
Protect yourself, your friends and family, and your fellow drivers on the road this New Year. Drive sober! And have a Happy New Year!