Impaired Driving

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Impaired Driving Essay

May 16, 2012

Impaired driving is the act of driving a motor vehicle with blood levels of alcohol in excess of a legal limit. Similar regulations cover driving or operating certain types of machinery while affected by drinking alcohol or taking other drugs. Impaired driving is a crime in Canada and the one guilty of impaired driving can be convicted under the Criminal Code of Canada. If convicted, you can lose your license, be fined, or spend time in jail. To be convicted you just have to be impaired in the drivers seat, your vehicle does not even have to be moving.

Drinking and driving is a deadly combination. Drinking alcohol can reduce your ability to concentrate and can reduce your driving reflexes which are necessary so you can react to things that happen suddenly while you are driving. The more you drink, the more difficulty you have judging distances and reacting to hazards on the road. Your vision may also become blurred. Drinking and driving continues to be one of Ontario’s most significant road safety issues. During the past decade, more than 2,000 lives have been lost and more than 50,000 people were injured in collisions involving a drinking driver. While Ontario has come a long way, drinking and driving remains a serious problem. The police are doing their part to stop this crime. They have the right to stop any driver they suspect is drinking and driving. When the police stop you, they may ask you to blow into a machine that tests your breath for alcohol, if you refuse to do as the police asks you will be charged under the Criminal Code of Canada. The maximum legal blood alcohol concentration for a driver with G license is .08, and for drivers without a G it is 0. If you have a blood alcohol concentration of .05 to .08 on a roadside-screening device, your driver’s license will immediately be suspended.

If you are under the influence of drugs you can also be convicted for impaired driving. Any drug that changes...
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