There are a few different ways you can get an Ontario impaired driving charge. The most obvious one is driving while over the legal limit of .08 or driving while under the influence of drugs.
Another way you can be charged with impaired driving is if you’re in care and control of your vehicle. That means even if the car is shut off and you’re sleeping in the backseat, you can still be charged with impaired driving if an officer believes you had the intention to drive.
But sometimes you can be arrested for Ontario impaired driving for something as simple as moving your car a few feet. One Bracebridge, Ontario impaired driver found out that it doesn’t matter how far you need to drive; all that matters is that you’re driving.
Police came up on the pickup truck and it had no headlights on. It was only going 10 km/hr, and the driver quickly parked on the side of the road and got out. Police noticed he seemed unsteady on his feet so they asked him to take a breathalyzer, and that’s when he explained he was only moving his vehicle to a parking lot to leave it somewhere safe.
It might have been only a few feet down the road, but he was still arrested for impaired driving and operation over 80. When he appeared in court the judge to plead not guilty, the judge told him he understood he did it to move his car to safety, but even driving drunk a few feet can result in a crash.
He pleaded guilty to careless operation of a motor vehicle instead of the impaired driving charge and the judge handed down a $1,250 fine and six-month driver’s license suspension. That means he can’t drive for six months unless he installs an ignition interlock device in his vehicle.
It’s a good case to keep in mind if you’re ever in the same situation, and many people have been after a night on the town. If you can’t find a sober driver to move your car for you, leave it where it is and avoid an impaired driving charge.