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Start The Year Off Right: Don't Drink And Drive

McGuinty Government Reminds Drivers To Plan For A Safe Ride Home

Ministry of Transportation

To help Ontarians have a safe and memorable New Year's Eve, all drivers are reminded to plan ahead for a safe ride home and never get behind the wheel if you have been drinking.

Ontario's drinking and driving laws are among the toughest in North America. Drivers caught with a blood alcohol concentration over 0.08 face a number of tough penalties such as an immediate 90-day driver's licence suspension, ignition interlock and the completion of alcohol education and treatment programs.

These laws are about to get tougher. On May 1, 2009, drivers with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.05 to 0.08 (the "warn" range) will have their licence suspended for three days for the first instance, seven days for the next, and 30 days for the third and subsequent instance. The current penalty for driving in the "warn" range is a 12-hour driver's licence suspension.

Quick Facts

  • You don't need to have a 0.08 blood alcohol concentration to be impaired. Research shows that drivers whose blood alcohol concentration is 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.
  • In 2005, drinking and driving collisions claimed 174 lives in Ontario. That year, one of every six fatally injured drinking drivers had a blood alcohol concentration of less than 0.08.

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“Enjoy the holidays, but have a plan to get yourself and your loved ones home safely. Take public transit, stay overnight, find a designated driver, or better yet, be one.”

Jim Bradley

Minister of Transportation

“MADD Canada encourages everyone to get involved in the fight against impaired driving by being responsible hosts and driving sober to and from your New Year's gatherings.”

Margaret Miller

National President, MADD Canada



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