Ontario Taking Impaired Drivers Off The Road

Too many families in Ontario have had their lives torn apart by the careless and shameful actions of impaired drivers.

That is why the Ontario government is introducing legislation that, if passed, would impose stiffer penalties for those who drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs – including a lifetime licence suspension for those convicted of impaired driving causing death.

Those convicted of impaired driving would also be required to install an ignition interlock device in their vehicle and undergo mandatory remedial education and treatment for first and second-time alcohol and drug-related offences respectively.

We are also increasing immediate roadside licence suspensions for first and second-time alcohol and drug-related offences and clarifying police authority to stop vehicles and/or administer sobriety tests for drivers on or off the highway.

The government will also work to provide additional tools and training to help police officers detect drug-impaired driving and launch a province-wide campaign to highlight the dangers of drug-impaired driving, with a focus on cannabis and young drivers.