Sunday, September 24th, 2023

Ontario’s Holiday Season and Alcohol-Related Driving Offences


OTTAWA CRIMINAL DEFENCE LAWYER – According to MADD Canada, 1,000 Canadians are killed by drinking and driving each holiday season – between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day.

This time of year sees a far higher number of drinking and driving incidents, and police will be on the lookout, so you need to be safe and smart if you want to avoid being charged with a criminal offence such as Impaired Driving or Over 80.

Here are some important facts to keep in mind:

  • In Ontario, you can’t have more than 80 milligrams of alcohol in 100 milliliters of blood. If you’re over the legal limit, this complicates your accident even further and could lead to criminal charges.
  • Even if you don’t think you are above the legal limit, you may be. Blood alcohol levels depend on your weight, the time you consumed alcohol, what you ate that day, and many other factors. If you’re in doubt, avoid getting behind the wheel.
  • Ontario Provincial Police officers will be conducting their annual R.I.D.E. (Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere) tests, to help identify possibly impaired drivers. These tests will check every vehicle that drives by, so be prepared.

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 or by phone at (613) 233-4529.

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