What are the penalties for DUI - 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.
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Starting July 1, 2018, Ontario will have tougher penalties for young and novice drivers who have alcohol in their system and will add matching penalties for drugs. There will also be new penalties for commercial vehicle drivers who have the presence of alcohol or drugs in their system.