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1 DRINKING AND DRIVING OFFENCES My essay is on Drinking and Driving Offences In my essay I will tell you the various kinds of drinking and driving offences the penalties and the defences you can make if you are caught drinking and driving Let me tell you about the different offences There are six offences in drinking and driving They are driving while impaired Having care and control of a vehicle while impaired Driving while exceeding 80 mg Having care and control of a vehicle while exceeding 80 mg Refusing to give a breath sample and refusing to submit to a roadside screen test These are all Criminal Code Offences Now lets talk about the penalties of drinking and driving The sentence for refusing to give a breath sample is usually higher than either of the exceeding 80 mg offences Consequently it is usually easier in the long run for you to give a breath sample if asked If for example you are convicted of Refusing ato give a breath sample for the first time but was earlier convicted of Driving while impaired your conviction for Refusing will count as a second conviction not a first and will receive the stiffer penalty for second offences For the first offence here is the penalty and the defences you can make Driving a vehicle while your ability to drive is impaired by alcohol or drugs is one of the offences Evidence of your condition can be used to convict you This can include evidence of your general conduct speech ability to walk a straight line or pick up objects The penalty of the first offences is a fine of 5000 to 200000 andor imprisonment of up to six months and automatic suspension of licence for 3 months The
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