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Tougher Consequences for Impaired Drivers Who Transport Children

Under new provincial legislation, Drivers with a blood alcohol content of .04 or higher who transport children will face even longer roadside licence suspensions and vehicle seizures. The Traffic Safety Amendment Act, 2017 implements an immediate seven-day administrative driving suspension on a first offence for a person who transports a child under the age of 16 and has a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .04 or higher, refuses to undergo a field sobriety test or fails a field sobriety test. This is an increase from the current three-day roadside suspension. This is in addition to any jail sentence, fine, demerit points and additional sanctions that result from the impaired driving conviction. Under the new legislation, repeat offenders who transport passengers under the age of 16 will face even more severe consequences. Licence suspensions for a second offence increase to 30 days from 21, while a third offence triggers a 120 day suspension, up from the current 90. New drivers already face licence suspensions of up to 18 months on a third offence. Impaired drivers who transport children will also have their vehicles seized for longer periods. First-time offenders will have their vehicles seized for seven days (up from three). That increases to 30 days for a second offence (previously seven) and to 60 days for a third (previously 14). Vehicle owners are responsible for all towing and impounding costs, and the changes to the length of vehicle seizures will apply to both experienced and new drivers.

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