Warning Range 0.05 - 0.08

As of May 1, 2009, the Province of Ontario has enacted tougher new laws as an attempt to reduce drinking and driving related offences. If you take a roadside breath sample and your blood alcohol registers between 0.05 and 0.08 you will immediately lose your licence for between 3 to 30 days. While this is not a criminal offence, the consequences are still serious.

For a first offence

  • Mandatory 3 day driving prohibition
  • An administrative monetary penalty of $150

For a second offence (within 5 years)

  • Mandatory 7 day driving prohibition
  • Mandatory attendance of the Back on Track remedial measure program at a cost of $475
  • An administrative monetary penalty of $150

For a third offence (within 5 years)

  • Mandatory 30 day driving prohibition
  • Installation of an ignition interlock device for 6 months at your cost of approximately $1,500
  • Attending the Back on Track remedial measure program at a cost of $475
  • An administrative monetary penalty of $150

For subsequent offences (within 5 years)

  • Mandatory 30 day driving prohibition
  • Installation of an ignition interlock device for 6 months at your cost of approximately $1,500
  • Attending the Back on Track remedial measure program at a cost of $475
  • Mandatory medical evaluation
  • An administrative monetary penalty of $150

If you are caught driving a motor vehicle while your licence is suspended, you will face further repercussions such as, fines ranging from $500 to $50,000, the immediate impounding of the vehicle you are driving, and liability for any charges incurred from the impoundment, including but not limited to towing costs, impound fees and additional rental fees if the vehicle you were driving was rented. Overall, this can end up being a very costly experience.

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