Prince Edward Island is the smallest province in Canada, with a population of approximately 145,000. But despite it being much smaller than all other provinces, it has an impaired driving arrest record that’s impressive. Statistics show that the police on Prince Edward Island (PEI) arrest twice as many people than the national average, but that might be because the incidents of impaired driving have increased over the past ten years.
Prince Edward Island has penalties specifically for novice drivers and those in the warn range. A novice driver can be charged if they drive a vehicle after drinking any amount of alcohol. That means that if someone under the age of 19 has even a single drink before driving and registers .01 on a breathalyzer, they can and will be given an immediate 24-hour license suspension as well as a 90-day driver’s license suspension.
Those who drive in the warn range of .05 to .08 will lose their driver’s license immediately for 24 hours for a first offense, and a receive a 30 day drivers’ license suspension for a second warn range offense.
Prince Edward Island isn’t a province where you’d want to receive an impaired driving charge.The first time you’re charged with impaired driving in Prince Edward Island, you’ll receive the following penalties:
• A minimum of 3 days in jail
• One year driver’s license suspension
• Fines payable up to $1,200
• Mandatory attendance at a Driver Rehabilitation Course
• One year enrollment in an ignition interlock program
A second offender in PEI will receive penalties including:
• A minimum of 30 days in jail
• A 3 year driver’s license suspension
• 2 year enrollment in an ignition interlock program
In the past year, police in PEI have used billboards to ask the public to report impaired drivers, and along with these campaigns and penalties like ignition interlocks for all offenders, the police in Prince Edward Island are well on their way to keeping roads safe in the province.