Drinking and driving: breath screening for life for repeat offenders

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A new law imposing breath screening for life for repeat drinking and driving offenders came into effect this week. This measure is part of a major reform of the Highway Safety Code adopted in 2018.

 

From the time of a second offence

Drivers who commit a second impaired driving offence will now have to keep an ignition interlock device on their cars for life. This device prevents a car from starting when it detects the presence of alcohol in the driver’s breath.

Unless there have been multiple offences, the driver can ask the Court of Quebec to lift this obligation after 10 years.