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Ontario’s Drinking and Driving Laws Have Changed: What You Need to Know

If your license or license plate is up for renewal, you may have received a notice in the mail regarding the recent changes to driving laws and driver licensing in Ontario, issued by Service Ontario.

Here are a few of the key updates that drivers should be aware of, as outlined in the notice called CentreLine: “Any driver aged 21 and under, regardless of licence class, or a novice driver caught with any alcohol in their system will receive an immediate 24-hour roadside driver’s license suspension, and if convicted will face a fine of $500 and receive at least a 30-day licence suspension.  All drivers who register a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) from 0.05 to 0.08 (known as the “warn range”) will lose their licence at roadside for 3 to 30 days.  Drivers caught more than once face mandatory alcohol education or treatment programs and ignition interlock.”

According to the CentreLine leaflet, the “peak ages of drinking and driving collisions in Ontario are 19, 20 and 21, and drivers in this age group are almost one-and-a-half times as likely to be involved in drinking and driving fatal and injury crashes than other drivers.  Drivers with a BAC between 0.05 and 0.08 are about seven times more likely to be involved in a fatal collision than someone who has not been drinking.” For more information, visit www.ontario.ca/drivesober.

If you or someone you know has been injured in a drunk driving accident, it is important to seek immediate legal counsel.  At Futerman Partners LLP, we have over 30 years experience in assisting drunk driving accident victims seek the compensation due to them under the law.  Call us today for a free consultation. Although we will do everything we can to settle your case, we are experienced trial lawyers with the necessary expertise in the court room.  Futerman Partners Personal Injury Lawyers; call us today at 647-496-9619.