Drinking and Driving

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Drinking and Driving

As a G2 driver or a driver with any license under the age of 21, you must have a zero percent blood alcohol concentration (BAC).

In Ontario and the rest of Canada, the maximum legal BAC for fully licensed drivers is 80 milligrams of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood (0.08). Driving with a BAC over 0.08 is a criminal offence.

Drinking and Driving Infographic

Do you think that one or two drinks won’t affect your ability to drive?

One or two drinks do have an affect on your mind and body, affecting your coordination, even if you are not drunk.

Penalties of drinking and driving include:

  • Fines
  • Demerit points
  • Having your driver’s license suspended for one to five years (with a maximum penalty of a lifetime driving ban if you have three or more convictions)
  • Jail term
  • Car impoundment
  • Harming yourself and others
  • Higher insurance rates

If you plan a ride home before heading out to drink, you can avoid all of these penalties and get home safe.

Drinking and Driving Infographic

For more on impaired driving rules and penalties, please see the Ontario Ministry of Transportation website.

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