What are the penalties for impaired boating?
Boaters caught drinking and boating in Ontario face consequences similar to those for drinking and driving:
- Immediate 3, 7 or 30 day driver's licence suspension if caught with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) in the "warn range” of 0.05 to 0.08 and for drivers impaired by drugs or a combination of drugs and alcohol based on the results of a Standard Field Sobriety Test. Drivers caught in the "warn range" more than once will face a mandatory alcohol education program and could be subject to treatment programs and ignition interlock.
- Immediate 90-day administrative driver's licence suspension and a $198 administrative fine for boaters exceeding the “legal limit” of 0.08 BAC drivers who fail or refuse to provide a breath or blood sample and drivers who are impaired by drugs or a combination of drugs and alcohol based on the results of a Drug Recognition Expert evaluation.
- If convicted under the Criminal Code, the boater will also face:
- Driver's licence suspension, from one year up to a lifetime ban
- Mandatory alcohol assessment, education or treatment, and follow-up
- Ignition interlock condition on their driver's licence for one year to up to a lifetime
- Vehicle impoundment if caught driving a motor vehicle while under suspension
These sanctions apply to anyone who is caught drinking and operating motorized and non-motorized vessels, including power boats, canoes, kayaks, personal watercraft, sailboats, rafts, dinghies and other inflatable boats.
Toronto & GTA Call 289.481.1007 - Outside GTA Call 1-877-497-3927