New Drinking And Driving Measures May Help To Prevent Fatalities

By Roger Foisy on September 14th, 2010

Ontario is making the province’s roads safer for all Ontarians with new changes that will help protect young and novice drivers.

Starting August 1, all drivers 21 years of age and younger must have a zero blood alcohol level when they get behind the wheel or face:

  • An immediate 24-hour licence suspension
  • 30-day licence suspension
  • Up to $500 in fines

Drivers in the Graduated Licensing System will face tougher penalties if they violate the conditions of their licence or if they are convicted of any Highway Traffic Act offences that carry four or more demerit points. Penalties include:

  • 30-day licence suspension for the first instance
  • 90-day licence suspension for a second instance
  • Further instances can lead to a cancellation of the licence and other penalties.

Also, effective August 3, eligible drivers convicted of an impaired driving offence for the first time, will be able to reduce their licence suspension if they agree to have an ignition interlock device installed in their vehicle, at their own cost. This will help impaired drivers change their behaviour to prevent them from becoming repeat offenders.

These changes are part of the Road Safety Act 2009 and 2007’s Safer Roads for a Safer Ontario Act and will help keep drivers safe on Ontario roads.

As the lawyer for many families who have lost loved ones in fatal car crashes, I know that this law will be a welcoming change to those families.  While as a lawyer I am unable to bring back a loved one who has lost their life to the acts of a drunk driver, I have been able to effectively advocate for all family members throughout their fatal accident lawsuits.

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