It’s a lot to take in even if you’re a repeat offender and you’ve gone through an impaired driving conviction, but it’s true. Starting with legal fees, you could pay anywhere from $2,000 to a whopping $10,000, and that’s just the start. Along with your legal fees come a Criminal Code of Canada fine of $1,000 and a $578 payment you’ll have to make for the Back-on-Track program in order to get your driver’s license back.
When you’re finally able to get your driver’s license back, there will be more fees and fines to pay. The driver’s license reinstatement fee is $150, and in order to drive again, you’ll have to pay to take part in Ontario’s ignition interlock program. The cost of a one-year ignition interlock program ranges around $1,500, and you’re on the hook for increased insurance rates too—that could cost you up to $5,000 extra per year for three years.
You’d think the expense of an impaired driving charge would deter people from getting behind the wheel while drunk, but that doesn’t seem to be the case in Ontario. Since January of 2015 there have been a rash of impaired driving charges laid, and the province’s tally of impaired driving rates are up by 50% over the same time period of 2014.
The money you’ll funnel into an impaired driving charge just isn’t worth it. From a new car to a down payment for a new home, there are a lot of different things you could spend $28,000 on. It really gives you something to think about, and maybe the next time you have your car keys in your hand after having a drink or two, you’ll reconsider your decision to drink and drive.