Canada’s New Impaired Driving Laws are in Effect Now
December 20, 2018 – Two days ago Canada’s new impaired driving laws came into effect. The new laws give police officers new powers when it comes to interacting with drivers. For instance, it gives them the authority to demand a breathalyzer test from any driver they pull over. Previously, the police needed suspect that the driver had a level of impairment before demanding a breathalyzer test.
Secondly, the penalties have increased. For a first offence with blood alcohol of 80-119 mg., the minimum fine is now $1,000. If the blood alcohol content is 120-159 mg. the minimum fine is now $1,500. From there the penalties increase.
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