What is the Law for Drinking and Boating?

photo credit tc.gc.ca

photo credit tc.gc.ca

As winter ends and Canada heats back up to a reasonable temperature, many Canadians flock to the water to bask in the often short-lived summer heat. There are tons of boating possibilities across the country’s numerous lakes, from renting a houseboat with friends, to fishing, to hopping in a neighbour’s motorboat for a ride.

This is a time to socialize and let the cares of the world drift away, a ritual that often includes a few cold drinks on a boat deck. It’s important to note that in Canada, operating a boat while under the influence of alcohol or drugs is a criminal offence. Continue reading

Holiday Ride Program 2012

As the holiday season approaches, the “Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere” or RIDE for short, programs will come into full swing. Chances are that you will be stopped at some point by an officer at one of these check points.

When approaching these check points here are a few things to keep in mind….

  • Slow down, drive cautiously.
  • Have all your documents handy. You don’t need to produce them unless the police ask. If asked you will be required to produce your vehicle ownership, proof of insurance and your license.
  • Don’t take off your seatbelt. You should wear your seatbelt in your car at all times. Do not take if off for any reason when approaching the RIDE program. You can receive a ticket for not wearing your seatbelt.
  • Don’t reach for your phone. It is against the law to use a personal communication device when you are driving the car, even if it’s a red light or a RIDE program.
  • Stay Calm. Cooperate fully with the police and ensure your passengers act responsibly and courteously.
  • Don’t Drink and Drive. Play it safe, don’t be on the road after you drink.
  • Road Side Sample. If the officer asks you to provide a road side sample YOU MUST PROVIDE IT. You can be charged if you refuse to provide a breath sample if demanded to do so by police.

If you get charged this holiday season, learn and know your rights! Call X-Copper at 1-888-X-COPPER (926-7737) for a Free no obligation consultation. We will review with you all your documents, and explain all your options to you, giving you all the tools you need to make an informed decision.

QandA – DUI Q2

“My licence was suspended and I got a ticket for having alcohol in my system because I have a novice (G2) driver’s licence. I only had one drink and I was the designated driver. This doesn’t seem fair, what should I do?”

QandADon’t be fooled by the relatively low fine on this ticket. It does not carry any demerit points; however due to the nature of the offence and with it being alcohol related, a conviction will severely impact your insurance premiums. The conviction also carries an automatic 30 day licence suspension.

For more information on Ontario DUI charges or Impaired Driving please Contact X-Copper to find out how we can help save your licence.