Toronto, Ontario – Ontario has toughened its impaired driving laws, with new regulations that take effect May 1, 2009.

Under the new laws, a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) from 0.05 to 0.08 while driving will result in a three-day driver’s license suspension for the first offense. For a second offense, the license will be suspended for seven days, and the driver will have to attend an alcohol education program; for a third offense, the license will be suspended for 30 days, the driver will have to complete a remedial alcohol treatment program, and an ignition interlock condition will be placed on the license for six months.

Previously, drivers only received a 12-hour license suspension, no matter how many times they were caught.

“In light of the recent discussion in the media about this change, it is important to note that drivers with a BAC between 0.05 and 0.08 have been subject to short-term suspensions since 1981,” said Brian Mitchell, president of Arrive Alive Drive Sober. “The new aspect is recorded, escalating sanctions. These increased consequences should motivate us all to aim for zero.”

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