When Ontario began requiring first time impaired driving offenders to install ignition interlock devices as part of their penalties, they took thousands of potential drunk drivers off the roads and made Ontario a safer place to drive.
Under the Reduced Suspension with Ignition Interlock Conduct Review Program, an eligible driver who is convicted of a first-time impaired driving offense under the Criminal Code of Canada can reduce their mandatory drivers license suspension if they install an ignition interlock device in their vehicle.
But what happens if they are part of the ignition interlock program and they decide to violate their ignition interlock agreement? Here are a few examples of how an offender can violate their ignition interlock agreement:
- They don’t install the interlock device within the time frame that he or she has had their 30 day conditional license reinstated
- They take the interlock device out of their vehicle without approval
- They tamper with or try to cheat the device
- They miss a service appointment
- They drive a vehicle without an ignition interlock device
Once there has been a breach of an ignition interlock agreement, the offender will be held accountable for the violation. He or she will be subject to the full license suspension period and ignition interlock requirement, but that offender will get credit for the amount of suspension they have already served. The offender will also be required to complete remedial measures before they can get their drivers license back, and they’ll have a minimum of 1 year with an ignition interlock condition on their drivers license.
No matter what you hear or read that says otherwise, it’s never a good idea to tamper with or violate the terms of your ignition interlock agreement in Ontario. It can make the difference between finishing your program and moving on with your life or having to relive your impaired driving violation by starting all over again.