Ontario impaired driving laws aren’t designed to go easy on repeat offenders, but even so, you rarely hear of someone with a second drunk driving offense heading to jail.
Jail time at the first and second offender level is reserved for those who have injured or killed someone due to drunk driving, but that’s not the case if you’ve received 3 or more impaired driving convictions in Ontario. According to Ontario impaired driving laws, a 3rd time or more offender can receive up to 120 days in jail.
People do receive jail time simply for a drunk driving arrest, and in some cases, it makes the news. A Huntsville, Ontario man, for example, is heading to jail for thirty-five days thanks to two prior drunk driving convictions.
He was arrested in 1992, again in 2007, and now again in 2017. Because his last stop showed he was driving with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of twice the legal limit, the judge decided that jail time and a 2 year driving probation was the best course of action.
That’s not the only penalties this offender will have to endure before he’s free to drive again. Along with having to attend a mandatory education or treatment program, he’ll be required to install an ignition interlock device in his vehicle if and when he’s given permission to drive again. He’ll also have to pay stiff fines.
It just goes to show that even if you’ve driven clean and sober for ten years, if you’re a repeat offender with any kind of prior record, you can still end up in front of a judge who will send you to prison. That’s why it’s so important to make the choice to say no to driving after drinking. One time can easily lead to another, and before you know it you’ll end up in jail.