Graduating from a G1 to a G2 license can feel like you’re free at last. The first time you drive in a car with absolutely no one else on board is at once very exciting, and a little bit scary. While you can now drive without a fully-licenced driver with you, there are lots of rules you need to follow.
Of all the restrictions on novice drivers with a G2, drinking and driving might be the most serious. If you are under 21 years of age, even with a full G licence, you can only drive if your blood alcohol level is zero. But G2 drivers of any age are not allowed to drive with any alcohol in their blood.
This can be particularly difficult for older G2 drivers who may have been legally allowed to drink for many years, and who may never drink to the point of feeling impaired. The fact is regardless of your age, there is zero-tolerance for G2 drivers being behind the wheel with any level of alcohol in their blood. And you don’t need to feel impaired to be guilty of impaired driving.
The Consequences of Drinking & Driving with a G2 License
If G2 drivers need any more motivation to absolutely avoid driving even after just one small drink, the following are among the consequences that you should expect if you do.
- 3-Day Immediate Licence Suspension
G2 drivers found to be driving with alcohol in their system may have their license suspended at the roadside, even before conviction.
- Fines & Other Costs
G2 drivers convicted of impaired driving for the first time face the following costs before being able to drive again.
- Fine – $60.00 to $500.00, depending on the circumstances of your case.
- License Reinstatement Fee – $287.00
- Penalty – $250.00
- 30-Day Licence Suspension
In addition to the fact that your licence will be immediately suspended at the roadside, it may also be suspended for 30 days upon conviction
- Increased Penalties for Subsequent Offences
If you are convicted of a second, third or further infraction, the penalties and costs can increase significantly. These include a 30-day roadside driver’s licence suspension, a $450 penalty and is required to drive with an ignition interlock device for six months.
- Increased Insurance Premiums
Perhaps the highest financial cost for G2 drivers who drive after drinking is the increase in car insurance premiums. Already high for novice drivers, premiums can easily double following conviction.
The very serious implications for G2 drivers who drive after drinking make it crucial for them to take every step to protect their legal rights.
The experienced team of former police officers, defence lawyers and paralegals at X-Copper understand law enforcement and court procedures. They are ready to defend your rights and get the best possible results for you.
Found out more about the implications of traffic tickets for G2 drivers by reading our article “What Happens When You Pay Your Speeding Ticket With A G2 Licence?”.