Road Today - - Enforcement -

The prov­ince is im­prov­ing the safety of On­tario roads by bring­ing in penal­ties for drug-im­paired driv­ing that match those al­ready in place for drunk drivers.

Ef­fec­tive Oc­to­ber 2, 2016, drivers un­der the in­flu­ence of drugs will face the fol­low­ing penal­ties: • A $180 penalty • An im­me­di­ate li­cence sus­pen­sion of three days for the first oc­cur­rence, seven days for the sec­ond oc­cur­rence and 30 days for the third and sub­se­quent oc­cur­rences upon fail­ure of a road­side so­bri­ety test A pos­si­ble 90-day li­cence sus­pen­sion and a seven-day ve­hi­cle im­pound­ment fol­low­ing fur­ther test­ing by a drug recog­ni­tion ex­pert at a po­lice sta­tion Manda­tory ed­u­ca­tion or treat­ment pro­grams, and in­stal­la­tion of an ig­ni­tion in­ter­lock de­vice in their ve­hi­cle, for drivers with two or more li­cence sus­pen­sions in­volv­ing al­co­hol or drugs within a 10year pe­riod These new mea­sures were in­tro­duced as part of the Mak­ing On­tario’s Roads Safer Act last year. In ad­di­tion to these penal­ties, im­paired driv­ing can lead to crim­i­nal charges which could ul­ti­mately re­sult in a loss of li­cence, ad­di­tional fines and jail time.


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