You went out to celebrate taking your vehicle. On the way back, even if you have drunk alcohol, you do not want to leave your vehicle at the bar. In addition, you do not have money for a taxi. After all, your tolerance is usually very high: you decide to drive your vehicle. Be careful, no matter why you drive after eating, the penalties for Drunk driving are the same.
- Forget The “Legal Rate”
In Canada, for a driver, the blood alcohol level (BAC) should not exceed 80 mg / 100 ml. This is called the “legal rate”. If you drive with a blood alcohol level above the legal guideline, it is a crime. However, you may receive warning and provincial administrative penalties if your blood alcohol level is lower. For example, in Ontario, you run this risk as soon as your blood alcohol level reaches 50 mg / 100ml.
But beware. If you consume and your driving ability is impaired, you can be charged with impaired driving, no matter how much alcohol or substance you have consumed.
For example, impaired driving can be illustrated by a lack of vehicle control or a longer reaction time that can make driving dangerous. So you can have a blood alcohol level lower than the “legal rate” and still be charged with driving while impaired. It all depends on the circumstances. In fact, it is very difficult to predict how alcohol will affect your driving ability since several factors come into play. For example:
The same amount of alcohol can have a different effect on two different people.
The same amount of alcohol can affect the same person differently from one time to another if:
- She has used other substances (e.g. drugs),
- She has an empty stomach before eating,
- She’s tired.
In addition, “zero tolerance” policies apply for some drivers. This is often the case, for example, for new drivers.
- Not Just Cars
The rule applies to all motor vehicles, whether it is a car, a truck, a motorcycle, a boat, a snowmobile, etc.
You cannot be charged with impaired driving if you drive your bicycle after eating. However, you could be charged with other crimes, since you are intoxicated in public.
- Not Just Alcohol
It is illegal to drive while under the influence of alcohol, cannabis (“marijuana”), medications (eg antidepressants), or any other substance that makes you feel impaired.
- Even If Your Vehicle Is Parked, You Can Be Stopped
If a police officer finds you intoxicated in your car, sitting in the driver’s seat, you can be stopped and this, even if your vehicle is parked. In fact, the law prohibits having “the custody or control of a motor vehicle” when your faculties are impaired because of alcohol or drugs.