Drinking and Driving: The Law Is Strict!

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The law on drinking and driving is very strict. And it’s even stricter for young drivers. Drinking and driving is always serious. You can lose your licence temporarily and even end up with a youth record. It’s a high price to pay for a car ride.

Important!  The same rules apply when driving a scooter, even for a short trip down the street.


Young Drivers: Not a Drop of Alcohol!

Drivers aged 21 or less, and drivers with a learner’s permit or a probationary licence, are not allowed to drive after drinking any amount alcohol, no matter how little.

If they get caught, they can be fined, get four demerit points and lose their licences for at least 90 days


Drinking and Driving Can Be a Crime

Driving With a Blood-Alcohol Level Over .08

Driving with more than .08 grams of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood is a crime, no matter how old or experienced you are or the kind of licence you have.  

If you get caught, you could be held criminally responsible and end up with a youth record. The judge can give you a sentence (punishment) that will show up in your youth record.

Important! Just having a blood-alcohol level over .08 when you drive is enough to commit a crime, even if you feel you’re in good condition to drive.


Impaired Driving

Impaired driving means that your ability to drive is decreased because of alcohol, drugs, medication or a combination of these things.

Important!  You could be found guilty of impaired driving even if your blood-alcohol level is less than .08.

If you’re found guilty of impaired driving, the judge can give you a sentence which will show up in your youth record.

Taking over-the-counter and prescription medicines can also affect your ability to drive. You could be accused of impaired driving even though you did not drink a drop of alcohol!


Sobering Up in the Back Seat: Bad Idea!

It’s not a good idea to sit in your car when you’re drunk. Even if the engine isn’t running,you could be accused of the following crimes:

  • impaired driving 
  • driving with a blood-alcohol level over .08

To be on the safe side, don’t get into a car if you’ve been drinking, unless you’re a passenger and there’s a designated driver. 


Blood-alcohol Tests: You Must Take Them  

If the police have reason to believe that a driver is drunk, they can test her coordination or have her take a breath test.

Important! Refusing to do these tests is a crime that has serious consequences.

Were you stopped by the police because you did something wrong?

Find out what happens next. Teens usually get easier treatment than adults.  

Important !
This article explains in a general way the law that applies in Quebec. This article is not a legal opinion or legal advice. To find out the specific rules for your situation, consult a lawyer or notary.