December 9, 2005

Impaired driving carries financial burden for young Quebecers

Quebec City, Quebec – Young adults convicted of an impaired driving offence will face a mark against their driving records and will also be saddled with a huge financial burden that can reach over $7,900 with conviction costs and insurance, according to a study conducted by CAA-Quebec.

Last year, CAA-Quebec published the results of a similar study that looked at the case of a 40-year-old male driver convicted while driving a Honda Accord. This year’s study was for a 24-year-old male driving a 2002 Honda Civic.

The base amounts for vehicle towing and summary evaluation were the same, but the yearly premium of $2,525 paid by the 24-year-old while he had a clean driving record jumped immediately to $7,083 upon his conviction.

CAA-Quebec also notes that drinking and driving is one of the main causes of death on Quebec roads; between 1999 and 2003, 36.2 per cent of drivers aged 20 to 24 who died in road accidents had blood alcohol levels higher than the legal limit of 0.08.

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