DUI & The New 2017 Traffic Safety Laws in Saskatchewan

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Blood alcohol concentration, or BAC is the amount of alcohol in your body measured by the amount of the alcohol in your blood. While drinking alcohol, you can not guess the BAC without a breathalyzer. A breathalyzer can take the guesswork out of how much you have been drinking your by giving you an objective estimate of your BAC.

BAC limit in Canada is 0.8%.anything over that number is a criminal offense. Canadian federal law permits police officers to require anyone they suspect of having operated a vehicle within three hours to provide a breath sample.

It’s important to note here that just because you are under 0.08% BAC, doesn’t mean you are okay to get behind the wheel. Intoxication begins with the very first drink. You should NEVER drink and drive, no matter how much you've consumed. You can be impaired and arrested even if you BAC is under 0.08%. That takes us to the new Law changes for 2017 in Saskatchewan effective Jan. 1, 2017.

Below copied directly from the SGI wbesite is the NEW Law vs Previous Law

Zero tolerance for alcohol and drugs
  • New law — Zero tolerance for alcohol or drugs for drivers 21 and under and for all new drivers (60-day licence suspension on 1st offence still applies)
  • Previous law — Zero tolerance for drivers under the age of 19 and all new drivers (60-day licence suspension on 1st offence)
Vehicle seizures for .04 - .08 blood alcohol content (BAC) offences
  • New law — 3-day vehicle seizure for experienced drivers with .04 - .08 BAC on a 1st offence
  • Previous law — No vehicle seizure for experienced drivers with .04 - .08 BAC on a 1st offence

Ignition interlock duration Previous law
  • .08 BAC and above, impaired or refuse breath sample
    • 1st offence — 1 year
    • 2nd offence — 2 years
    • 3rd and subsequent offences — 5 years
  • New drivers and drivers under 19 - Zero BAC
    • 3rd offence — voluntary ignition interlock for 365 days, after 90-day suspension
New law
  • .08 - .159 BAC or impaired
    • 1st offence — 1 year
    • 2nd offence — 3 years
    • 3rd and subsequent offences — 10 years
  • Over .16 BAC or refuse breath sample
    • 1st offence — 2 years
    • 2nd offence — 5 years
    • 3rd and subsequent offences — 10 years
  • New drivers and drivers 21 and under - Zero BAC
    • 3rd offence — mandatory ignition interlock for 365 days, after 365-day suspension.
Drink Responsibly: Get your own personal portable, lightweight and accurate breath testing device and take the guesswork out and get one today. Make the right decision today and choose between facing any of the above penalties and taking a safe ride home.

References:

  1. http://www.dui.ca/
  2. https://www.sgi.sk.ca/individuals/penalties/2017laws/index.html

 


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