Impaired driving involves operating a motor vehicle while influenced by alcohol, drugs, or a combination of both. In Canada, "Driving Under the Influence (DUI)" and "Impaired Driving" are terms commonly used to describe this offence.
The legal blood alcohol concentration (BAC) limit is 80 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood (0.08%). Drug-impaired driving limits depend on the specific substance involved.
Types of Impaired Driving Charges
Impaired driving charges cover a variety of offences related to driving while influenced by alcohol or drugs.
- Impaired Driving: Operating a motor vehicle while affected by alcohol, drugs, or both. This charge is based on observed signs of impairment, such as erratic driving or slurred speech.
- Driving Over 80 or "Over 80": Driving with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) above 80 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood (0.08%).
- Refusing a Breathalyzer or Drug Test: Failing or refusing to provide a breath or bodily fluid sample for alcohol or drug testing when requested by a law enforcement officer.
- Drug-impaired Driving: Operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of drugs, including legal and illegal substances.
- Impaired Driving Causing Bodily Harm: Driving while impaired by alcohol or drugs and causing bodily harm to another person as a result of the impairment.
- Impaired Driving Causing Death: Driving while impaired by alcohol or drugs and causing the death of another person as a result of the impairment.
Consult a lawyer for guidance on the relevant laws and potential defences for each impaired driving charge.
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