Although there are laws against impaired driving in Ontario and the penalties make it really unappealing to receive an impaired driving conviction, sometimes drivers will still think the rules don’t apply to them. The demographic that’s seems to be the most deluded about the risks of drunk driving are the under 22 crowd, and even cold, hard facts aren’t enough to stop them from choosing to engage in risky behaviours like impaired driving.
Case in point? Sudbury often sees an increase in impaired charges in the summer. Although some of those cases are due to people on vacation or stay-cation having a bit too much summer fun, a lot of the impaired driving cases the Sudbury police see involve young people. 5 out of 6 impaired charges laid in June of this year involved young men in their 20s.
Local group Action Sudbury, an organization who works to prevent impaired driving, are concerned about this increase because it could indicate a growing trend of drinking drivers as soon as zero tolerance laws are lifted at age 22.
Zero tolerance laws in Ontario are designed to prevent anyone under the age of 22 from drinking and driving. If you are stopped for impaired driving and you’re under the age of 22, you’ll receive an immediate drivers license suspension for 24 hours. If you’re convicted, you’ll be required to pay a $500 fine and you’ll receive a 30-day drivers licence suspension.
A word of advice if you don’t think it’s a big deal to drink and drive: law enforcement in Sudbury are out in full force this summer, and they’re targeting all drinking drivers, not just under 22’s. If you’re thinking about drinking, call a cab or choose a sober driver to get home safe. You’ll keep your drivers license, your vehicle, and won’t run the risk of killing someone when you’re driving under the influence.