We can give you a lot of reasons why a DUI is a bad idea in Quebec, or anywhere else in Canada. It puts you, your passengers and others in danger, it makes you liable for prison time, and could have serious repercussions on your job and
A DUI in Quebec also costs a lot of money.
CAA Quebec estimates that a first impaired driving offense will cost you around $7,000. Why such a large amount?
- Fines – $1000 for a first offense
- Cost of an alcohol assessment
- Increase in insurance premium – this is the big one. Your premiums could double or triple
- Possible ignition interlock device installation and monthly monitoring
- Towing and reclaiming vehicle if it’s been impounded
- Drivers license renewal after revocation
And that’s only a first offense.
Incidentally, if you drive without a licence or otherwise violate the terms of your suspension, you could face another fine of $1,500 to $3,000.
Quebec is serious about reducing the number of alcohol-related road deaths. And road safety is the real reason why we shouldn’t drink and drive. But if the thought of kissing $7,000 goodbye does it for you, then it’s fine with us.