Ontario roads may not be quite as safe as they were in 2014. Although the province has interlock device laws requiring all impaired driving offenders to install an ignition interlock, the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) have found that impaired driving rates are already up by 20% over the same time last year.
The fact that impaired driving incidents are on an upswing is disturbing for anyone who drives on Ontario roads, but put that together with a large number of stunt driving arrests, one alcohol-related fatal crash involving two people, and a number of drivers still behind the wheel of a vehicle after having their license suspended, and you have a real problem.
There are a lot of reasons why drivers could have their license suspended in Ontario. The most common reason is usually an alcohol-related violation where the driver is found to have a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or over. Ontario police also have the option to suspend your driver’s license for 3 days if you’re BAC is in the warn range of .05 to .08.
If these drivers received license suspensions due to impaired driving, they may also be in hot water for not driving with their ignition interlocks devices. If you receive an interlock device as a penalty and you drive any vehicle without your interlock, you could have the vehicle impounded for 7 days and you’ll have to pay all impound fees and towing costs. You may also be required to add additional time to your ignition interlock program.
Ontario has strong impaired driving laws, but the Ontario Provincial Police still seem to have their work cut out for them this year. If you’d like an idea of what you can do to help stop impaired and dangerous drivers in Ontario, take a look at this post on how to spot a drunk driver on Ontario roads.