There’s a reason why Ontario impaired driving laws include a different set of restrictions for teen drivers. This demographic is the most likely to engage in risky behavior that can lead to drunk driving crashes. To prevent senseless teen deaths lawmakers have come up with a number of rules and regulations, including zero tolerance and graduated licensing.
That hasn’t stopped a 16-year-old teen from receiving his first Ontario impaired driving charge only 10 days after receiving his G1 license. The resident of Owen Sound, Ontario was charged after he was caught taking an unauthorized joy ride in his grandparent’s car while under the influence of alcohol.
What happens to a newly licensed Ontario teen when he is charged with drunk driving? In this case he received an initial driver’s license suspension of 90 days, but he’s facing more charges that could make three months of no driving look like an easy sentence.
Novice drivers who drink and drive in Ontario are treated harshly. There is a zero-tolerance law in place that requires stiff penalties for any novice driver who drives with any amount of alcohol in his or her system. If that driver is caught they will receive an immediate driver’s license suspension and the case will head to court.
If the teen driver is convicted he could pay fines up to $500. He’s also going to have to start at the bottom of the driver’s license ladder. His G1 driver’s license will be revoked and he’ll have to apply for a new one, starting at the beginning of the GLS system.
These laws are in place to prevent teen deaths due to drunk driving, and the teen in this case is fortunate he was only stopped by police. He could have easily crashed the car and killed someone in the process. Whether you’re a teen who’s just graduated into G1 status or you’re a parent of a new driver, your best option for keeping that license and your life on track is to always drive sober.