October 2, 2007

New regulations can mean immediate vehicle impoundment in Ontario

Orillia, Ontario – Under new regulations aimed at aggressive drivers and street racers, the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) impounded 30 vehicles and issued seven-day license suspensions in the first 24 hours of the Bill 203 law.

The first vehicle was seized at 12:01 a.m. in Mississauga. Thirty vehicles were seized on the first day, including three rental cars, a driver who had owned the vehicle two days, and a young man driving his mother’s car.

New regulations under Bill 203 include increased fines to $10,000, immediate vehicle suspension and impoundment of the vehicle for seven days for street racers and aggressive drivers, including those who drive 50 km/h or more over the posted speed limit; new blue flashing lights added to police vehicles to increase visibility; escalating sanctions for repeat drinking drivers with blood alcohol concentration (BAC) measuring 0.05 to 0.08, planned for late 2008; and the ability for drivers suspended for drinking and driving to get their licenses back early if they install an ignition interlock device in the vehicle, also planned for late 2008.

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