The Crown is cracking down on impaired and distracted drivers with new penalties. What is the difference? Impaired driving involves operating a motor vehicle when your faculties have been compromised by alcohol, drugs or some combination of the two.
Distracted driving, on the other hand, prevents drivers from talking, texting, typing, eating or dialling using a handheld device like a cell phone, MP3 player or any similar entertainment device that takes the driver’s attention away from the road. Drivers are still allowed to interact with the in-built infotainment interface.
In this article, I explain how you can create a strong defence if you’ve been charged with an impaired driving or distracted driving offence in Ontario. As an experienced Newmarket-based impaired driving defence lawyer, I know the ins and out of the legal system and can offer solid legal intervention.
Overview of Impaired and Distracted Driving
As per impaired driving legislations, your Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) cannot be over 80 mg of alcohol per 100 milligrams of blood. In fact, most toxicologists have stated that your ability to operate a vehicle is affected even with much lower amounts of BAC.
Likewise, the amount of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC; the main active ingredient in cannabis) cannot exceed 2 nanograms per millilitre of blood if you are to operate a motor vehicle else you will be considered an impaired driver.
For a combination of the two, 2.5 nanograms of THC per millilitre of blood and 50 milligrams of alcohol per 100 ml of blood is considered the legal maximum limit.
Penalties can range from a maximum fine of $1,000 to as much as 10 years behind bars for a third and subsequent offence.
With current statistics, the law views distracted driving in a graver light given that there is still disconnect with Canadians in understanding just how detrimental this is. A distracted driving conviction will almost certainly result in an increase in your auto insurance premium if there isn’t an outright denial of coverage. Drivers with more than one distracted driving conviction could face a fine of up to $2,000, a seven-day suspension of their license and six demerits points.
Why an Impaired Driving Lawyer is Your Safest Bet
If you or a loved one has been charged with an offence of this nature it is incredibly important to contact an affordable criminal defence lawyer in Newmarket. I have a wealth of experience in criminal defence law and use the knowledge I’ve gleaned through countless trials in the Ontario Court of Justice and the Superior Court of Justice to strengthen your defence.
DUI attorneys like myself are able to navigate the laws, requirements and standards of your case. A good lawyer can make all the difference when it comes to reducing a sentence or avoiding a fine.
Timely legal intervention is of the utmost importance! This time in your life will be rife with stress, don’t go down this path alone.