Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Zero Tolerance Alcohol Level For Novice Drivers

All drivers, beginner or experienced, know that we should never drink and drive. If you’re a young driver you need to be aware, be disciplined and responsible because the penalties for drinking and driving are now stricter for the younger drivers.

As of August 1st, 2010, a new “zero tolerance” law came into effect in Ontario. This law makes it illegal for a driver 21 years or younger to drive with any amount of alcohol in their bloodstream regardless of their class of license. The goal is to teach our young drivers at an early age that road safety and responsibility is a priority.

Four years ago a law similar to this was introduced in Manitoba and it was reported that there was a significant decrease in the youth death rate.

Although there is a lot of controversy over the new law, the truth is that when you mix someone who is a new drinker as well as a new driver then it becomes really risky for all drivers and passengers on the road.

Penalties for being caught are:

· A 24 hour suspension
· A 30 day license suspension if convicted the 1st time, 90 day suspension for 2nd offense and cancellation for 3rd.
· Up to $500 in fines.

We should also not forget that along with the above noted penalties comes the fact that your insurance rates will also increase.

With Halloween and the holiday season approaching, there may be many social events taking place where alcohol will be available to you, so be pro active and evenly dispense designated driver duties within your group.

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