In 2011, Ontario was one of two provinces reporting the lowest impaired driving rates in the entire country. That might be due in part to the Reduced Suspension with Ignition Interlock Conduct Review Program. In a nutshell, the program began allowing first time impaired driving offenders in the province to reduce their license suspension if they install an approved ignition interlock device in their vehicle.
When you have an ignition interlock device installed in Ontario, you’re required to blow into it to start your vehicle as well as submit your breath sample for random rolling re-tests. If you blow into the device to start your vehicle and you receive a fail, your car or truck simply won’t start. If you blow into the device during a random rolling retest and register a fail, your horn will sound and your lights will flash until you safely pull over.
An ignition interlock device must be serviced every 60 days in Ontario, and all data including any fails logged will be submitted to LifeSafer as part of your ignition interlock program. A fail in Ontario is called a performance failure, and to receive a fail you’ll have to blow a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) over .2 or miss a random rolling retest. If you do receive a fail for either of these reasons, your Ontario ignition interlock program will be extended by 3 months from the current program expiry date.
You can also be completely removed from Ontario’s ignition interlock program. Some violations of the interlock program include failure to install the device within 30 days of receiving your restricted license, removing the interlock device without proper authorization, or driving a vehicle that doesn’t have an ignition interlock device. If you are removed from the program, you’ll receive your full driver’s license suspension and an additional interlock requirement.
Ontario is dedicated to keeping their roads safe for all drivers. For more information on impaired driving in Ontario, take a look at impaired driving laws in Ontario.