TOUGHER DRUG-IMPAIRED DRIVING PENALTIES START THIS WEEKEND

Sep 28, 2016

By Bob Komsic

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The province is bringing in drug-impaired driving penalties to match those for drunk driving.
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Beginning this Sunday October 2, drivers under the influence of drugs will face:
  • A $180 penalty
  • Immediate licence suspension of three days the first time they’re caught, seven days the second time and 30 days for the third and any subsequent occurrences after failing a roadside sobriety test
  • A possible 90-day licence suspension and seven-day vehicle impoundment following more testing by a drug recognition expert at the 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 10-year period. 
In addition, impaired driving can lead to criminal charges that could ultimately result in a loss of licence, additional fines and a prison sentence.
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