OPP Continue Festive RIDE Tonight
With the Festive Ride program still underway and new powers with regard to impaired driving, OPP are reminding motorists that they will be exercising new authority for investigating impaired drivers on Ontario roads.
Police officers will now be able to demand a roadside breath sample from any lawfully stopped driver to determine whether a person has alcohol in their body without first having to suspect the motorist has been drinking. Until now, officers had to have a reasonable suspicion that a driver had alcohol in their body before demanding a sample.
Police say that drivers need to be aware that it is mandatory for them to comply with this demand and that those who do not can be charged with failing or refusing to provide a breath sample.
Under the new legislation, drivers impaired by alcohol will also face higher mandatory minimum fines and some higher maximum penalties, up to $2000 for first time offenders.