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Impaired Driving Charges in Oshawa and Lindsay

Impairing driving is a serious offence and can lead to hefty fines and penalties. Kelly Greenway Bruce is here to help you understand the consequences of impaired driving in Lindsay and Oshawa. The Criminal Code in Ontario prohibits driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Additional charges can be levied on you if you have crossed the restricted limits of alcohol or drugs within 2 hours of driving. The prohibited limits are as follows:


  • Alcohol - 80 mg alcohol in 100 ml blood.

  • Cannabis - There are two limits on the prohibited levels of THC. Having 2 ng to 5 ng of THC per ml of blood is considered a less serious offence while having 5 ng or more per ml of blood is considered a more serious offence.

  • Alcohol and cannabis combination - 50 mg or more of alcohol per 100 ml of blood and 2.5 ng of THC per ml of blood.

  • Other drugs - Any detectable amount of PCP, ketamine, LSD, cocaine, psilocin, 6-mam and methamphetamine.


The prohibited level of the drug GHB is 5 mg per litre of blood since it can be naturally produced at low levels by your body. You can also face penalties if you are in the warn range - 7.9 to 50 ml in 100 ml of blood.


The Ontario law doesn’t allow the following people any level of alcohol in their blood while driving:


  • People below the age of 21

  • Drivers who hold a G1, G2, M1 or M2 license

  • People who are driving a vehicle that requires a Commercial Vehicle Operator’s Registration (CVOR) or A-F driver’s license

  • People who are driving a road-building vehicle

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Consequences of Impaired Driving

Impaired driving can have varying consequences based on factors such as the amount of alcohol or drugs in your blood, whether you have injured or killed someone while driving and whether it is your first offence or you have repeated it. The following outcomes are possible on conviction:


  • License suspension

  • Reinstatement fees and fines

  • Vehicle impoundment

  • Admission into treatment or education programs

Contact us today if you need advice or guidance related to impaired driving charges in Lindsay and Oshawa.

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