If you take a look at driving under the influence laws (DUI) across Canada, you’ll find Ontario has some of the toughest on record. You can receive stiff penalties even if you’re just in the ‘warn range’ of .05 to .08, but if you’re charged with driving under the influence over .08? The penalties are even tougher for offenders.
Here are 5 reasons you don’t want to get a DUI in Ontario:
- You’ll lose your license for an entire year – Can you imagine not being able to pick up your keys and head out to your car when you need to go to work, school, or just to get groceries? Not being able to drive and get to where you need to go is an everyday reality for those in Ontario who are convicted of DUI.
- You’ll need to install an ignition interlock device in your vehicle for a period of one year, at your own expense – The Reduced Suspension with Ignition Interlock Conduct Review Program may let you reduce your license suspension if you install an ignition interlock device in your vehicle, but have to pay for all expenses involved.
- You’ll go into debt – Fines are high for DUI in Ontario, and they include an Administrative Monetary Penalty of $150 and $1000 fine upon conviction. If it’s your second or subsequent offense, the judge can decide how high your fines will be.
- You’ll be required to take a re-license program – Back on Track is a program where convicted impaired drivers with one or more suspensions earn back their license. It costs almost $600 for drivers with a conviction on record.
- You won’t be able to travel outside of the country – Passport denied? The United States government has the option to deny anyone entry to their country at any time. With a DUI offense, you could be denied based on multiple convictions or if you have a single impaired driving conviction in combination with other offenses.
The penalties for receiving a DUI in Ontario can change your life, and not for the better. The next time you’ve had a few drinks and are considering drinking and driving, find yourself a sober driver or call a cab.
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