Avoid Ontario Impaired Driving Charges: Drink Responsibly, Get Home Safely

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By Published On: June 2, 2023

Ontario Impaired Driving Charges

OTTAWA CRIMINAL DEFENCE LAWYER – MADD Canada reports that each year, 1,000 Canadians are killed by drinking and driving that takes place between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. These months see notoriously high levels of impaired driving across North America, and that means you need to be more careful if you’re hitting the road during this upcoming holiday season.

Here are some important facts to keep in mind:

  • If you’re involved in an accident and you were drinking beforehand, that means you share the fault – and it could ruin your chance of seeking compensation from the other driver.
  • In Ontario, you can’t have more than 80 milligrams of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood. If you’re over the legal limit, this complicates your accident even further and could lead to criminal charges.
  • Each drink you take affects your driving abilities. For some people, drinking just two alcoholic beverages can be enough to put them over the legal limit – it depends on many factors, including your height, weight, and alcohol tolerance.

Be Smart About Alcohol

Keep safety in mind while you’re enjoying your evening and while you’re on the road. Other drivers may not be smart about alcohol, so the holiday season is a good time to be driving defensively.

Have you been charged with Impaired Driving, blowing “Over 80” on a breathalyzer test, or refusing to provide a breath sample? Your next step should be speaking with an experienced criminal defence lawyer about your legal options. For more information, contact the Ottawa criminal defence lawyers at Auger Hollingsworth by email [email protected] or by phone at (613) 699-8192.

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