Ontario Toughens up on Drug-Impaired Driving Charges
Starting on October 2, 2016, Ontario implemented much tougher drug-impaired driving penalties under its Highway Traffic Act. Erickson Law is here to break down the penalties for drug-impaired driving! Read our blog below and stay up-to-date with provincial driving laws. Need a defence lawyer for your impaired driving charge? Contact John Erickson today at (416) 363-3612 for immediate legal representation!
Drug Related DUI Charge Changes
Drivers suspected of driving while under the influence of a drug will be subject to a $180 fine on their first charge and an immediate 3-day license suspension. Second time offenders will be subject to the same fine and an immediate 7-day license suspension. For a third or subsequent occurrence, you will be subject to the same fine plus an immediate 30-day licence suspension.
As well, a driver who is stopped for driving while impaired by a drug may also be charged under section 253 of the Criminal Code. If that happens, then you will be subject to an immediate 90-day licence suspension under the Highway Traffic Act and, if convicted, subject to the same penalties as if convicted for driving while impaired by alcohol.
Driving Education & Ignition Interlock
If you are charged with two or more drug-impaired driving charges within the last 10 years, you will be required to complete a mandatory education course or a treatment program and forced to install an ignition interlock system in your vehicle.
Why The Change?
According to the Office of the Chief Coroner, 39% of drivers killed on Ontario roads in 2013 had either drugs or a combination of drugs and alcohol in their system. The concern is that if marihuana is legalized in Canada, these numbers will only continue to rise without adequate safeguards and legislation.
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