Thousands of people will make the choice to drink and drive in Ontario every year, and when those people are convicted of impaired driving, they will receive fines, driver’s license suspensions, and an ignition interlock device in any vehicle they drive.
As part of the Reduced Suspension with Ignition Interlock Conduct Review Program, an ignition interlock will be required for any driver convicted of an impaired driving offense under the Criminal Code of Canada or anyone suspended from driving because they registered a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) in the warn range of .05 and .08 at least three or more times in a five year period.
If you are a first time impaired driving offender in Ontario, you must use the ignition interlock for a period of one year. Second time offenders will be required to use the device for at least 3 years, and those with 3 or more impaired driving convictions must use the interlock device indefinitely if their license is reinstated after a 10 year suspension.
No matter how long you must use the interlock device, there are still steps to take once you’ve completed your program. An application must be made to the Ministry of Transportation to have the ignition interlock condition removed from your license. In order to do that, you can’t have any program violations, and that means tampering with your interlock, missed service appointments, or driving while intoxicated. If you do violate the terms of your interlock program, time will be added on and you’ll be required to complete the additional time before the interlock condition can be removed from your license.
Ignition interlock devices are relied on in Ontario to keep drunk drivers from driving while impaired again. If you have an interlock condition on your driver’s license, your best bet is to drive safe, drive sober, and complete your time without any type of violation. For more information on Ontario’s ignition interlock program, take a look at LifeSafer’s DUI Page.