Drunk driving is considered unacceptable in any Canadian province or territory. Individuals that drive under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs present a risk of harm and danger to both themselves and the public around them. The danger of impaired driving is that renders the driver incapable of operating a motor vehicle safely and with full attention.
Driving impaired puts you at risk of collisions, serious and life-threatening injuries, property and death. Impaired driving is the leading criminal cause of death and injury in Canada. In 2017, 69,000 incidents of impaired driving were reported to the police.
The Criminal Code of Canada prohibits driving while impaired to any degree, no matter whether it’s alcohol, drugs and/or a combination of both.
The Highway Traffic Act also provides criminal sanctions and administrative measures to combat these offenses. Penalties for driving impaired can range from a minimum fine of $1000 to lifetime jail sentences.
The severity of the penalties are determined by the severity of the offense As a G1 driver, you must have a blood alcohol level of 0%; your passengers must not exceed 0.05%. As a G2 and G class driver, your blood alcohol must also remain at 0%. To avoid disaster, do not drive impaired. Instead, when out and about, find yourself a designated driver, taxi or public transportation to get you to your destination safely.
Aggressive driving, much like impaired driving, poses incredible risks to both the driver and its surroundings while on the road. Aggressive driving behaviors include speeding, tailgating, weaving, running red lights, darting from lane to lane, and so on. Not only are these acts dangerous, but they are also unpredictable, inconsiderate and in worse case scenarios can lead to devastating collisions which may result in serious injuries and/or death of the aggressor and other innocent drivers.
Aggressive drivers endanger the lives of others and also themselves. Some extreme cases make it seem like suicide on the driver’s part. The majority of the time, people drive aggressively not because they are in a bad mood, but rather they are in a hurry. Recent studies have also shown that aggressive driving is especially prominent in teenagers. Aggressive driving can be taken in many forms and can often escalate into dangerous situations such as violence and road rage.
The Ontario Highway Traffic Act states that a driver is guilty of careless driving if he or she is driving a vehicle without due care and attention or without reasonable consideration for others on the road. Being convicted of careless driving can result in you being fined $400-1200, license suspension for up to 2 years and/or imprisonment for up to 6 months. Reckless driving can also earn you 6 demerit points.
In conclusion, people drive aggressively for short-term gains, however, this dangerous form of driving poses many risks to not only others but the lives of the driver. The risks are simply not worth it.