Another Halloween has come and gone. While you still might be working your way through a bag of miniature chocolate bars and contemplating how you’ll work off the five pounds you just put on from candy, others are currently working through something much more difficult: a Halloween impaired driving charge.
Believe it or not, Halloween is a big day for drunk driving in Canada. What used to be considered a kid’s holiday has become big business, and instead of just kids trick or treating you’ll find adults dressing up to go out for pub crawls and house parties where no one really monitors impaired driving.
The drunk driving stats aren’t in for Halloween 2016, but it’s safe to say that, along with all of the Halloween drunk drivers, a lot of “buzzed drivers” will have been stopped and charged this year. That’s because so many provinces are jumping on board with impaired driving laws to include the “warn range.”
Warn range laws mean that if you’re stopped for impaired driving and you’re found to have a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) between .05 and .08, you’ll be charged with a warn range violation. Although that’s not the same as an impaired driving charge, one of these “buzzed driving” charges will mean you will lose your driver’s license for a few days and your vehicle could be impounded for up to 7 days. A warn range violation also goes on your permanent driving record.
It might be too late to save you from a Halloween impaired driving or warn range charge, but it’s not too late to make sure you don’t make the same mistake as the country rolls into the holiday season. With Christmas and New Year’s just around the corner, knowing what can happen if you drink and drive, even if you’re not legally impaired, can save you a lot of hassle.