Caught Driving Impaired? It'll cost you $23,000 says report
Impaired driving is an expensive charge. It will cost you financially, emotionally, personally and can impact your career and travel plans.
Arrivealive.org recently released a study on the costs of impaired driving. The numbers are staggering. Consider that you are going to a party, and you don’t want to spend $20 or even $80 to take a cab or Uber home. Here are the numbers of what the charge will cost the first time convicted impaired driver (they are even higher for subsequently charged individuals).
- Criminal Code Fine – $1000 Payable to the Government of Canada
- Remedial Measures Program – $578 Payable to Back on Track + GST
- Licence Reinstatement Fee – $150 Payable to the Ministry of Finance + GST
- Increase in Insurance Costs – $18,000 Payable to your insurance company in $6,000 increments each of the next 3 years. This is the minimum increase based on a perfect 6-star driving record
- Ignition Interlock – $1,350 +installation. Pay to interlock provider
- Court Costs – $2,000 – $10,000 Payable to your legal counsel
- TOTAL – $23,078 (minimum) to $31,078 (could be more)
- Immediate consequences for drivers in Ontario caught with a BAC of over .08 or who refuse to provide a breath sample include an immediate administrative 90-day licence suspension and seven day vehicle impoundment.
- Minimum consequences for drivers convicted of: impaired driving, operating a vehicle with a BAC of over .08, or refusing to provide a breath sample are:
- One-year driver licence suspension (reducible to three months under certain circumstances)
- One-year ignition interlock condition upon reinstatement (up to three years for repeat offenders)
- Back on Track program (alcohol assessment and education)
- Minimum fine paid as part of federal consequences
- Licence reinstatement fee
- Increased insurance premiums ($6,000 annually for minimum three years)
- Legal costs (if retained; paid to your own legal counsel)
- Criminal Record
- Since 2009 consequences for drivers in the warn range (.05 to .08) have increased and now include: immediate suspensions of 3, 7 and 30 days; education and treatment for alcohol use; and six month ignition interlock licence restrictions. The increased sanctions are for “repeat offenders”.
Drivers aged 21 and under and novice drivers must have a zero BAC and zero cannabis when driving. Otherwise they face:
- an immediate 24-hour licence suspension, or
- a 30-day suspension and up to $500 in fines
- Repeat offenders face greater consequences and longer licence suspensions.
Impaired boaters face the same consequences as impaired drivers.