The Impaired Countermeasures Unit is a dedicated and specialized group of approximately 20 police officers, within Road Safety Services, who have been trained as Qualified Breath Technicians. These officers are primarily responsible for the testing of persons Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC), who have been arrested for a Drinking and Driving related offence in the Regional of Peel. Select members of the Impaired Countermeasures Unit have also been specially trained as Drug Recognition Evaluators (DRE). DRE officers investigate persons operating vehicles who’s ability to do so may be impaired by prescription or non- prescription Drugs. This could also include persons that may have inhaled chemicals such as paint, glue or gasoline.
Members of the Impaired Countermeasures Unit also provide educational resources to the public about the Criminal Code of Canada and Highway Traffic Act as it pertains to Drinking and Driving and related Criminal and Provincial driver licence suspensions that can arise from being convicted of such an offence.
R.I.D.E. (Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere)
Peel Regional Police operate R.I.D.E. programs year-round on a weekly basis.
In addition to the yearly R.I.D.E. program, the department also operates a Festive Season R.I.D.E., which operates everyday from the end of November to the beginning of the New Year. Peel Regional Police is committed to a ‘zero tolerance’ policy regarding impaired driving.
R.I.D.E. Program continues to remove impaired drivers from the road:
During the 2015 festive R.I.D.E. program officers assigned stopped 61,969 vehicles in Mississauga and Brampton. In total 233 people were arrested for drinking and driving related offences and 315 people were issued a WARN range driving suspension.
WARN Range penalties
In 2009 the Provincial Government approved the changes to increase the penalties to the WARN Range drinking and Driving suspensions. The new legislation provides Police in Ontario the authority to suspend the licence of any driver found operating a motor vehicle with a Blood Alcohol level reading between 50 and 100mgs.
•First Time – 3 day suspension, and $150 Administrative Monetary Penalty
•Second Time- 7 day suspension, mandatory alcohol education program, and $150 Administrative Monetary Penalty
•Third Time – 30 day suspension mandatory alcohol education program, six-month ignition interlock licence condition, and $150 Administrative Monetary Penalty
•Subsequent – 30 day suspension mandatory alcohol education program, six-month ignition interlock licence condition, mandatory medical evaluation, and $150 Administrative Monetary Penalty
•Ontario’s Zero BAC (Blood Alcohol Concentration) for Drivers 21 and Under Novice drivers of all ages in the Graduated Licensing System (GLS) must also maintain a zero BAC while driving. If you are a novice driver and are caught with any amount of alcohol in your blood, you will receive an immediate 24-hour roadside driver licence suspension, and if convicted, will face a fine of $60-$500 and will receive a suspension period as per the Novice Driver Escalating Sanction scheme, up to and including cancellation of the novice licence. You will also have to return to the start of GLS
What could happen to a person arrested for a drinking and driving offence?
If any person is arrested and charged for a Drinking and Driving offence, such as excess blood Alcohol or refusing to provide a breath sample, that person will automatically have their Driving licence suspended for a period of 90 Days. This is referred to as an A.D.L.S. or Automatic Drivers Licence Suspension. Also if the vehicle that they were operating will be impounded for a period of seven days.
It doesn’t matter who owns the car or if you rented or borrowed the car from a friend.
If the person arrested is a first time offender and was not involved in a motor vehicle collision and they are convicted, they would receive a penalty in excess of a $750.00 fine and a minimum one year driver’s licence suspension. The fines, suspensions and potential jail time will increase with the severity of the incident and increase with the numbers of times you are convicted.
What could happen if I drive after my license has been suspended?
If you are stopped while driving a vehicle after you have been prohibited by a court to do so, for a Drinking and Driving offence. You will be arrested and charged for Driving while your licence is suspended and you will be sent back to the court system to answer to the charge, for Drive Disqualified under the criminal code.
The V.I.P. (Vehicle Impoundment Program) authorizes Police in Ontario to seize and keep the vehicle that you are driving for 45 Days for the first offence, 90 days for the second offence and 180 days for the third offence.
Again, it doesn’t matter who owns the car or if you rented or borrowed the car from a friend.
Complete information can be found on peelpolice.ca