Condition X is a condition imposed by e Société de l’assurance automobile du Québec (SAAQ) on some drivers who have a DUI conviction. Condition X stipulates that you must have an ignition interlock device on your vehicle if you are to drive.
An ignition interlock, or car breathalyzer, prevents a vehicle from starting if the driver has been drinking.
Not everyone who has a DUI is eligible for Condition X. Your penalty period (in which you are not allowed to drive) must have elapsed, and you must have a favourable alcohol assessment from the Association des centres de réadaptation en dépendance du Québec (ACRDQ). If you do, you can call the SAAQ and confirm that you’re eligible.
What You Need to Know About Condition X
The most important thing to know about Condition X is that you are not allowed to drive without the ignition interlock installed. If you do, it’s a violation of the criminal code, not the motor vehicle act. That carries much stronger penalties. You will be fined, your vehicle may be seized, and your suspension could be extended.
Quebec is known for the solid enforcement of their ignition interlock laws, and as a result, it’s probably the worst place in Canada to drive if you don’t have your ordered interlock in place. If you do have Condition X on your licence, your best strategy is to install the interlock and take it seriously.If you abstain from alcohol while driving and get through your interlock period, Condition X will clear up, leaving you free to drive as before.