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drunk drivers in province face stiff penalties
If you think it is OK to drink and drive, you’re wrong. More than a third of fatal crashes on Manitoba roads involve drivers who have been drinking. That’s why Manitoba’s tough sanctions for drunk drivers are among the toughest in Canada.
If you drive a motor vehicle and have a blood-alcohol content between .05 and .08, you will face a variety of consequences that may include:
• An immediate tiered license suspension of 24 hours to 60 days, depending on how many previous suspensions you have had over the previous 10-year period;
• Drivers who have received two or more suspensions within a 10-year period are required to complete an impaired driver’s assessment at a cost of $625;
• Drivers who receive a tiered suspension may also be subject to driver improvement and control intervention, which could range from a warning letter to a show cause hearing — where further licence suspension would be considered; and
• A $50 fee for reinstatement of your licence.
If your BAC level is more than .08 or you refuse to provide a breath or blood sample to police, you will face additional consequences, including a mandatory impaired driver’s assessment at a cost of $625.
To report road hazards or inquire about traffic matters, contact the Brandon Police Service traffic unit at 204-729-2345.
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