Safer Roads for a Safer Ontario

If you’re caught driving with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) from 0.05 to 0.08 (known as the “warn range”), the police can immediately suspend your licence up to three days for a first occurrence, seven days for a second occurrence and 30 days for a third or subsequent occurrence. In each case, there is also a $150 Administrative Penalty.

These roadside licence suspensions cannot be appealed. Suspensions will be recorded on the driver’s record for up to five years and will be considered when determining consequences for subsequent infractions – please see below.

Consequences for Driving with a 0.05 to 0.08 “Warn Range” Blood Alcohol Concentration

First Time Second Time (within 5 years)
  • 3-day licence suspension
  • $150 Administrative Monetary Penalty
  • 7-day licence suspension
  • Mandatory education program
  • $150 Administrative Monetary Penalty
Third Time (within 5 years) Subsequent infractions (within 5 years)
  • 30-day licence suspension
  • Mandatory alcohol treatment program
  • Six-month ignition interlock licence condition
  • $150 Administrative Monetary Penalty
  • 30-day licence suspension
  • Mandatory alcohol treatment program
  • Six-month ignition interlock licence condition
  • Mandatory medical evaluation
  • $150 Administrative Monetary Penalty

These changes came into effect May 1, 2009.
As your insurance broker, we care about you and your family. Any accident caused by an impaired driver can be devastating. Whether you’re involved in an accident or not, being charged with impaired driving has a major affect on your insurability and rates.

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