There are a lot of things you can refuse to do in life, but if you do, there are consequences. You can refuse to go to work in the morning, but you might get fired if you do. You can also refuse to go to the doctor when you’re sick, but you could get even sicker if you pass on that visit.
But what are the consequences if you refuse to submit to a breathalyzer when a police officer suspects you of drunk driving? If one Cape Breton man is any indication, the consequences of breathalyzer refusal are a lot harsher than you might think. He recently pleaded guilty to refusing a breathalyzer test, and he was fined a whopping $1,300 and lost his drivers license privileges for one year.
The charge ‘refusal to blow’ or ‘refusal’ is a big deal in Nova Scotia and other Canadian provinces. Unless you have a good excuse for refusing, you must submit to a breathalyzer if you are suspected of impaired driving.
You might think that if you refuse to submit to the breathalyzer you’ll be able to avoid an impaired driving charge, but nothing is further from the truth. Refusing to submit can result in you receiving the exact same charges as if you were convicted of impaired driving, so not only will you pay high fines, you will also lose your drivers license either way.
Not many people realize that when you refuse to blow, you end up in the exact same place as if you were charged with impaired driving, so let the offender from Cape Breton be an example of what can happen if you refuse to submit a breath sample when asked. If you don’t want to get into this type of situation, don’t drink and drive.