Thursday, September 3, 2009

Reminder to Drive Safely Over the Long Weekend!


With the Labour Day long weekend a few days away, we at Traffic Ticket Solutions wanted to take a moment to remind everyone to drive with extra caution and to remember to drink responsibly.


With more cars on the road from people getting out enjoying their time off, the more chances there are that an accident can happen. Busier roads can equal more frustration which can easily trigger road rage and aggressive driving which in turn can cause unnecessary accidents. Ontario Provincial Police Chief Supt. Bill Grodzinski has said in the past that most “crashes are predictable and preventable and involve tragedy that did not have to be…the one common theme amongst all the fatal crashes are the Big Three, as we call them; The aggressive driving, failure to wear seatbelt and impaired driving.

It is sad to think that impaired driving is one of the largest causes of fatalities in Canada, especially due to the fact that it is entirely preventable. MADD Canada has reported that “Impaired Driving causes, on average, four deaths and 207 injuries every day in Canada. Those losses are all the more tragic when one considers that they are completely, 100% preventable. If people plan ahead and make the responsible decision to not drive if they are impaired, we could prevent these deaths and injuries.”

If you are planning on enjoying the long weekend with drinks, Traffic Ticket Solutions encourages you to plan ahead and drink responsibly. Arrange alternate driving plans such as a designated driver, arranging a taxi or to stay over at your destination. For everyone heading to the cottage, remember that operating a boat or ATV while impaired is illegal and dangerous and is responsible for approximately an additional 150+ unnecessary deaths per year in Canada. If you are hosting a party, encourage your guests to take taxis if they must leave and always ensure that there are plenty of non-alcoholic options for those that are choosing to stay sober.
We would also like to remind people that even the smallest amounts of alcohol in your system could be dangerous and the new
Warning Range Law that came into effect in May 2009 in Ontario has been put into place as an attempt to reduce all drinking and driving related offences. If you take a roadside breath sample and your blood alcohol registers between 0.05 and 0.08 you will immediately lose your license for between 3 to 30 days. While this is not a criminal offence, the consequences are still serious. If you get caught within these ranges, you could be facing:

For a first offence:

mandatory three day driving prohibition;
An administrative monetary penalty of $150.00


For a second offence (within 5 years):

mandatory seven day driving prohibition;
mandatory attendance at a remedial measures program known as “Back on Track”, at a cost;
An administrative monetary penalty of $150.00


For a third offence (within 5 years):

mandatory thirty day driving prohibition;
installation of an ignition interlock device for 6 months at your cost of approximately $1500.00;
attending a remedial measure program known as “Back on Track” at a cost;
An administrative monetary penalty of $150.00


For subsequent offences (within 5 years):

mandatory thirty day driving prohibition;
installation of an ignition interlock device for 6 months at your cost of approximately $1500.00;
attending a remedial measure program known as “Back on Track” at a cost;
Mandatory medical evaluation;
An administrative monetary penalty of $150.00


If you are caught driving a motor vehicle while your license is suspended, you will face further repercussions such as, fines ranging from anywhere from $500 to $50,000; the immediate impounding of the vehicle you are driving; and liability for any charges incurred from the impoundment, including but not limited to towing costs, impound fees and additional rental fees if the vehicle you were driving was rented. Overall, this can end up being a very costly experience.

Traffic Ticket Solutions also handles Impaired Driving cases in Toronto, so if you do get into trouble you can give us a call for a consultation, but we would much prefer to have people NOT drink and drive. The safety of the public is worth so much more to us than gaining clients.

Enjoy the long weekend and remember to make it memorable for all the right reasons!

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