Date: July 16, 2019

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Impaired Driving

This page was reviewed or revised on Friday, August 18, 2017 9:49 AM

The Law

In Canada, impaired driving means operating any motorized vehicle - car, truck, boat, snowmobile or off-road vehicle - under the influence of alcohol or other drugs.

The amount of alcohol in your body is measured by the amount of the alcohol in your blood. This is called blood alcohol concentration, or BAC.

  • Maximum legal BAC for fully licensed drivers is 80 mg of alcohol in 100 ml of blood (0.08).
  • Driving with a BAC over 0.08 is a criminal offence.
  • BAC of 0.05-0.08 (warn range) will result in sanctions.
  • Drivers 21 years of age and younger must have a zero BAC.
  • Drug impaired driving is illegal.

Most Drivers Do Not Drink and Drive

  • 93% of Canadians never drive impaired
  • 83% would not drive after more than 2 drinks in a one hour period. 
  • Less than 5% of drivers account for 86% of impaired driving incidents.
  • If you see someone driving impaired, call 911; it could save a life.

At Risk Group

  • Males aged 20 to 24 years had the highest impaired driving rates in Canada
  • While drivers under 35 years account for about one-third of licensed drivers, they account for two-thirds of those accused of impaired driving causing death and causing injury in 2011.
  • 82% of impaired driving charges involve males; however female rates are increasing.

Be a Responsible Host

  • Have a plan to get your guests home safely.
  • Have a designated driver, call a friend or call 1-800-taxicab.
  • Serve alcohol-free drinks

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