Toronto Police issue first 30-day “Warn Range” suspension

On Saturday, April 17, 2010, at 2:51 a.m., the Toronto Police Service issued its first 30-day suspension under Bill 203.

Bill 203, “Safer Roads for a Safer Ontario” allows for, among other road safety advancements, escalating sanctions against those drivers who register in the “Warn Range”, 0.05 to 0.079, on roadside screening devices and instruments.

A 30-year-old man from Scarborough was stopped and a demand was made for a breath sample. As of a result of the reading, his driver’s license was suspended for 30 days.

Under the legislation, the following sanctions were created:
1) First instance: driver suspended for three days,
2) Second instance: driver suspended for seven days and must undergo remedial alcohol education program,
3) Third or subsequent instance: driver suspended for 30 days, must undergo remedial alcohol treatment program and have ignition interlock condition on their licence for six months.

Since May 1, 2009, when the legislation came into effect, the TPS has issued 2,052 three-day suspensions, 38 seven-day suspensions and one 30-day suspension

The TPS reminds all drivers that it is not an offence to drive after drinking, but it is an offence to drive over the legal

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