Jan16WedJanuary 16, 2019 L.D. Dermody Insurance Team
We have had a number of customers ask us about recent changes to the impaired and distracted driving laws in Ontario for this year so in response we have put together this short summary.
With the new impaired driving laws police officers can now demand a breathalyzer test from any driver. In the past they had to have a reasonable suspicion of impaired driving before asking, but that’s not the case anymore.
It’s also now against the law to have a blood alcohol content (BAC) of over 80 mg within two hours before or after driving.
Minimum and maximum penalties have increased. First-time offenders with a BAC of 80 to 119 mg of alcohol per 100 mL of blood will be fined $1,000. Those with a BAC of 120 to 159 mg of alcohol per 100 mL of blood will face a new amount of $1,500. First offenders with a BAC of 160 mg or more will now pay a mandatory minimum fine of $2,000. Additionally a first-time offender who refuses the breath test will also receive a $2,000 fine. In all cases the vehicle can be immediately impounded for seven days and the licence suspended for 90 days.
Zero tolerance for drivers under 22 years of age or any age with a G1, G2, M1 or M2 remains in place. This also includes cannabis use.
Distracted driving is now the leading cause of collisions in Ontario and will now cost drivers more:
Distracting driving can be anything that causes a driver to be less focused while driving on the road, even while at a stop light. It can include:
If you’re impaired from drinking or consuming drugs, don’t drive.
If you’re driving stay focused and don’t become distracted.