Toronto, Ontario – In light of the many recent impaired driving collisions on Toronto’s roadways, the Ontario Community Council on Impaired Driving (OCCID) is reminding drivers that “there are no excuses for drinking and driving”.

For 2008, OCCID marks its 20th year for its Arrive Alive DRIVE SOBER campaign, which is based on research that found that “everyone knows it’s wrong to drink and drive,” the council said in a statement. A 2007 study found that 92 per cent of all drunk driving trips are made by only 4.4 per cent of drivers.

OCCID reminds drivers that in a typical case, a driver charged with a blood alcohol content of over .08 per cent or who refuses to provide a breath sample is immediately suspended from driving, faces fines, program and reinstatement costs, plus a minimum $2,000 increase in insurance premiums; will be required to use an ignition interlock in the vehicle once convicted; will have  a criminal record; and will not have a regular driver’s license for about two years.


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