There’s just something about living in Manitoba. With wide-open skies and prairie surrounding you, it can be breathtaking in winter or summer. But if you’re planning on living in Manitoba, you need to use caution. Impaired driving of any kind is not tolerated, and you can be charged with impaired driving on almost any type of vehicle.
You name it—cars, trucks, trains, aircraft, boast, and tractors, anything you drink and drive on in Manitoba can get you charged with impaired driving, and if you’re charged with impaired driving, you’re life is about to change.
Life after an impaired driving charge in Manitoba
So you see lights flashing in your rear view window and you’re heart is slamming into your chest. You’ve only had two or three drinks, you think, so you might be OK to pass a breathalyzer. But maybe you shouldn’t submit to the breathalyzer at all?
That’s not a good idea in Manitoba. If you’re stopped on suspicion of impaired driving and you refuse the breathalyzer, you’ll receive a 3 month suspension and your vehicle could be immediately impounded.
If you do decide to submit to the breathalyzer and you blow over .08, you’re going to receive an immediate driver’s license suspension for 24 hours. Next up are criminal charges, and those depend on what you’ve been charged with—driving while impaired by drugs or alcohol, driving with blood alcohol concentration (BAC) over .08, or impaired driving causing bodily harm or death.
When you go to your sentencing, you’ll be required to open up your wallet and pay fines up to $1,000, and depending on the charge, you’ll receive a driver’s license suspension for at least one year. That’s one year of cab rides, asking for rides, and taking buses.
If you’re lucky enough to receive a conditional driver’s license so you can drive again, you’ll be required to install an ignition interlock device in any vehicle you drive. The length of time you’ll have your ignition interlock depends on the severity of the offense, but it will definitely be at least one year.
If you decide to drive without the ignition interlock or you don’t follow through on your install once you commit to one, you could pay fines up to $500, be required to go to jail for an entire year, or both.
Manitoba’s strict impaired driving penalties are there so you think twice about drinking and driving. When you see what life is like after an impaired driving charge, it’s not really tempting to have a drink or two and drive, is it?