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Posted by Member # 1
Mar 7th 2009 @ 07:22 PM

Ontario has among the most strict drinking and driving laws in the world.

The legal limit in Ontario is .08 ml of alcohol per 100 ml of blood. That equates to a 200-pound man having three 5% beers. Drinking one beer per hour after that will maintain the above .08 level. It's not very much (most people who are charged think they are sober).

Driving in a boat while over .08 is the same charge as being in a car. If you are over .08, you can be charged for just sitting in the front seat of your car or having your keys with you while in the back seat.

Recent amendments to the Highway Traffic Act impose tough sanctions on drivers who undergo roadside breath tests and register blood-alcohol levels between 0.05 and 0.08, known as the warn range or an "Alert".

A driver must blow .08 or higher to face a criminal charge of drunk driving, but Ontario police already can impose a 12-hour licence suspension for a blood-alcohol reading registering as an "Alert".

The changes boost the suspension from 12 hours to 3 days on a first offence. On a second offence, the licence is suspended for 7 days and the driver must enroll in an alcohol education program.

After a third offence, the suspension is 30 days, the driver faces an alcohol treatment program and must use an ignition interlock device for a minimum of 6 months. The equipment prevents a car from starting until the driver provides a clean breath sample.

Perhaps even more costly for drivers, the near-drunk suspensions will now be registered on their driving records, likely leading to higher insurance premiums.

Up until now (more specifically the end of April 2009), a 12-hour suspension has been handled by police and no record has been kept that could affect your insurance rates.
Starting in May 2009, blowing an "Alert" (a blood-alcohol level of between .05 and .08) will get you a road-side suspension and WILL affect your insurance rates.

Anyone have any thoughts on these recent changes? Do you agree with them?

What about drivers with NO alcohol in their blood who are over-tired/stressed, or have bad attitudes and think they own the road? Can they not be just as dangerous, if not more dangerous, than a driver with a blood-alcohol level of between .05 and .08 (which is UNDER the legal limit) who is careful and has a good attitude???

"Those who trade a little freedom for a little security deserve neither and will lose both." -Ben Franklin

Posted by Member # 4306
Mar 1st 2012 @ 03:27 PM

i was under the impression that the third time they went to jail.maybe im wrong.but thats my understanding.

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