Starting today if you are caught driving high you will face similar penalties to those who are found driving drunk. Drivers under the influence of drugs will face the following penalties:
- A $180 penalty
- An immediate licence suspension of three days for the first occurrence, seven days for the second occurrence and 30 days for the third and subsequent occurrences upon failure of a roadside sobriety test
- A possible 90-day licence suspension and a seven-day vehicle impoundment following further testing by a drug recognition expert at a police station
- Mandatory education or treatment programs, and installation of an ignition interlock device in their vehicle, for drivers with two or more licence suspensions involving alcohol or drugs within a 10-year period
These new increased penalties were brought into place by the Ontario government in accordance with the Making Ontario’s Roads Safer act of 2015.