Driving under the influence (DUI) is never a good idea. Drunk driving is one of the leading causes of automobile crashes and the number one cause of death amongst drivers, passengers, and pedestrians. Not only will such an incident impact your life and the lives of others in a negative way, but it will also result in an increase in drunk driving insurance premiums. Canada has strict rules against drunk driving.
- If you have ever considered, at one time or another, getting behind the wheel drunk, then these facts should sober you up.
- The aftermath of a DUI charge could entail a substantial fine and criminal charges that will stay on your permanent driving record for three years after conviction, as well as facing the possibility of probation.
- Drunk driving insurance premiums will significantly increase once you are placed into the “high risk” category. They may double or even triple for the first year and then remain at a higher rate for the next 3 to 6 years.
- If you have a blood alcohol level of 0.08 or over, you will likely face criminal charges. Not only will your license be suspended immediately for 90 days (depending on whether it is a first time or repeat offense), but you could also be given jail time.
- Add on the fees for legal representation, and the potential need to take time off work, and you may find yourself in debt for thousands of dollars.
First Offense: $1,000 fine and a 12-month suspended license
Second Offense: 30 day jail sentence and 24-month suspended license
Third Offence: 120 day jail sentence and a 36-month suspended license
Depending on the gravity of the offense and the rules of your province of residence, you may be required to take an alcohol education and treatment program. In some cases, an Ignition Interlock device may be installed in your vehicle, which prevents the motor from starting if your blood alcohol level is more than the set limit. This device necessitates that you give breath samples at set times, when you are in the car. If you do not comply, an alarm will sound until you turn the ignition off. This handy device costs about $125 for installation and involves a monthly maintenance fee as well. » Read more: The Facts on Drunk Driving Insurance and Rates