Impaired Driving is the traffic safety focus for August
Hard facts about impaired driving
When you drink and then drive, alcohol affects your judgment,
reaction time and perception.
In 2012, 4.1 per cent of drivers involved in injury collisions
had either been drinking or were judged to have been impaired.
For the same year, 19.6 per cent of drivers involved in fatal
collisions had been drinking or were impaired.
As the severity of the collision increased from non-fatal to
fatal, the involvement of alcohol dramatically increased.
The consequences of drinking and driving:
The limits have not changed -
but the penalties for exceeding them have
A driver with a blood alcohol
concentration (BAC) over .08 or who refuses to provide a breath
sample is charged under the Criminal Code. In addition, that
driver now receives an immediate licence suspension, which
remains in place until the criminal charge is resolved. The
driver’s vehicle is also seized.
A driver with a BAC between .05
and .08 receives an immediate three-day licence suspension and a
three-day vehicle seizure. The length of the licence suspension
and the vehicle seizure increase for repeat offences.
Those with a graduated driver’s
licence also face stronger sanctions if they consume any alcohol
and drive. These drivers receive an immediate 30-day licence
suspension and a seven-day vehicle seizure.
Check out some of our media related to impaired driving: Listen to the long weekend radio advertising – impaired driving: