Impaired driving charges are the same regardless of the substance causing the impairment, whether they be drugs or alcohol.
Penalties for drug-impaired driving and alcohol-impaired driving are the same:
- First offence: $1,000 fine, 12-month licence suspension and a possible jail sentence of up to 18 months.
- Second offence: minimum 30 days in jail and a two-year licence suspension.
- Third or subsequent offence: minimum of 120 days in prison, three-year driving prohibition.
- Causing bodily harm or death while driving impaired: maximum 10-years in prison or life sentence.
Drivers, especially young drivers, need to be aware that other causes of impairment (illicit drugs, prescription drugs, recreational drugs, over-the-counter drugs and fatigue) can impair one’s ability to operate a vehicle safely and police have the tools to assist in the detection of drug-impaired drivers.