When you’ve received an impaired driving conviction in Ontario, one of the penalties you’ll be given is an ignition interlock program. Although the Criminal Code of Canada requires any impaired driving offender to receive a mandatory 12 month driver’s license suspension, an ignition interlock will allow you to drive during that time. How long you’re required to have your ignition interlock depends on what stream you fall into for the Reduced Suspension with Ignition Interlock Conduct Review Program.
Are you eligible for the Reduced Suspension with Ignition Interlock Conduct Review Program? It depends. Here are a few of the eligibility requirements:
- Your driver’s license has been suspended for one year due to an impaired driving conviction according to the Criminal Code
- You were not convicted of an offense where there was bodily harm or death
- You were not supposed to be using an ignition interlock device on the date of the offense
If you are allowed to participate, you will be put into one of two streams. Stream A is for those people who enter a guilty plea within 90 days of their offense date. If you qualify for Stream A, you will reduce your driver’s license suspension to a minimum of 3 months and you’ll be required to install an ignition interlock device for a minimum of 9 months.
Stream B is for everyone else who qualifies but does not plead guilty within the 90-day timeframe. Those people will receive a minimum driver’s license suspension of 6 months and a minimum ignition interlock program of 12 months.
If you are given the privilege of installing an ignition interlock device in Ontario, you aren’t going to want to lose the right to have one. Performance failures include missing a random rolling retest or blowing over the fail point of .02. These failures may add 3 months onto your ignition interlock installation period.
You can find more information on Ontario’s ignition interlock laws on LifeSafer’s ignition interlock and impaired driving law post.