``````````````````````````````````````````````````````It's Labor Day Weekend. The last long weekend of Summer. Let's not make it the last long weekend, period. Please be alert on the highways and biways, dear friends.
Labor Day weekend is one of the deadliest for drivers.
Since 60 per cent of people admit to driving while drowsy. This is a major cause of accidents, so stay safe by having a good night's sleep before heading out on the road. And of course, skip the booze, before you get behind the wheel.
This from Arrive Alive Canada: "Writing to wish everyone a great safe, most awesome, last long weekend of summer. In the last long weekend of 2011 there were several serious, even fatal, crashes. This, despite the fact that everyone knows not to drink and drive! And we have been raising awareness to fight this cause since the late 1980’s.
"So...this long weekend, we are hoping for an empty-stretcher weekend with no injuries and no fatalities. You are already helping us – but in case you need more ammunition to help us achieve our goal – here is some information to engage your followers and motivate them to plan ahead for a safe ride home and maybe stop a friend from driving impaired as well..."
One “over .08” drink drive charge and conviction (WITHOUT A CRASH) carries the following MINIMUM consequences:
Minimum (immediate) consequences for drivers when CHARGED with operating a vehicle with a BAC over .08, or refusing to provide a breath sample are: Immediate 90-day licence suspension. Immediate seven-day vehicle impoundment.
Minimum consequences for drivers upon CONVICTION of impaired driving; operating a vehicle with over .08 BAC; or refusing to provide a breath sample are:
- Criminal Record
- Minimum fine paid as part of federal consequences ($1,000)
- One-year driver licence suspension (reducible to three months under certain circumstances)
- One-year ignition interlock condition on reinstatement (“offender pay” about $1,350)
- Back on Track program (alcohol assessment and education) (“offender pay” about $578)
- Licence reinstatement fee ($150)
- Increased insurance premiums ($5,000 annually x minimum three years = $15,000)
- Legal costs (if retained; paid to your own legal counsel) ($2,000 - $10,000)
Note also that since May 1, 2009, Ontario toughened the consequences for driver with a BAC from .05 to .08. New consequences are licence suspensions from 3-30 days – the escalating sanctions include education and treatment and the six0-month ignition interlock condition (the occurrence is noted on your driving abstract).
Thankfully, most of us drive sober. Certainly none of the above applies to any of my readers(?). I'm just saying...