Most people think if they only have a drink or two they’ll stay under the legal limit and be OK to drive. After all, the legal limit is .08 all across Canada, so as long as you don’t blow .08 on a breathalyzer, there’s no problem, right?
Wrong. Buzzed driving is just as dangerous as driving over .08. Research has shown that any amount of alcohol in your system has the potential to affect your driving skills, and that includes everything from your reflexes to your vision and coordination. Just take a look at this buzzed driving public service announcement if you’re wondering what could happen if you drive after drinking any amount of alcohol.
Provinces are now changing their attitudes toward ‘buzzed’ driving and their impaired driving laws are changing with them.
British Columbia impaired driving laws have changed so that if you have a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) between .05 and .08, you’ll receive an immediate automatic 3 day license suspension and longer suspensions if you’re a repeat offender.
In Alberta, if you have a blood alcohol concentration of .05 to .08 you’ll receive a 3-day license suspension and a 3-day vehicle seizure. Ontario calls the area between .05 and .08 the ‘warn’ range, and your first offense will net you an immediate driver’s license suspension for 3 days. If you have repeat warn range offenses, you will lose your license for 30 days and install car breathalyzer for six months.
The holidays are almost here, and that means people will be making the decision to get behind the wheel after a drink or two. That also means it’s more important than ever for people to realize that even one drink is one too many before driving, and to designate a sober driver or call a friend if you plan on drinking.