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TRAFFIC UPDATE: Wayne Gretzky Parkway and Highway 403

Jan 15, 2022

WAYNE GRETZKY PARKWAY / 403 TRAFFIC UPDATE:

Please be advised that the Wayne Gretzky Parkway overpass - both northbound and southbound are currently open but restricted to one lane in each direction.

Additionally, Highway 403 westbound has been re-opened by the OPP.

The Ministry of Transportation will be attending the site today to conduct a full assessment of the bridge.

Additional details will be provided as available.
 
ORIGINAL RELEASE:
 
January 14, 2022
 
The Brantford Police have closed Wayne Gretzky Parkway in both directions after concrete began falling from the overpass onto Highway 403.  The westbound lanes of Highway 403 have been shut down by the Ontario Provincial Police.  The Ministry of Transportation has been notified and will be attending to assess the overpass.  Traffic is being re-routed and motorists and pedestrians are requested to avoid the area. 

UPDATE

An engineer from the Ministry of Transportation has conducted an initial assessment and as a result Wayne Gretzky Parkway will remain closed in both directions overnight.  The bridge will be re-evaluated in daylight.

CRIME BRIEF: January 13, 2022

Jan 13, 2022

Type:                  Impaired
Incident:           22-1487
Location:          Salisbury Avenue

On Wednesday, January 12, 2022, at approximately 5:00 p.m., a concerned citizen called 9-1-1 to advise of a possible impaired driver in the area of Salisbury Avenue.
 
The caller reported that the driver was observed behind the wheel of a vehicle while appearing to be falling asleep, driving slowly, and swerving erratically. 
 
Brantford police attended the area and located the motor vehicle at the intersection of Salisbury Avenue and Ontario Street. A lone female was observed behind the wheel.
 
A traffic stop occurred, and in speaking with the driver, officers observed signs of impairment. 
 
The accused was arrested for operation while impaired and transported to provide samples of her breath as required by law. Both samples were over three times the legal limit.
 
As a result of the investigation, a 45-year-old female from Kitchener stands charged with the following Criminal Code violations: 
  • Operation while Impaired - plus 80
 
Additionally, a license suspension was issued, and the vehicle impounded as per law.
 


Type:                  Assault 
Incident:           22-1143
Location:          Sheridan Street

On Monday, January 10, 2022, at approximately 8:30 a.m., officers with the Brantford Police Service were dispatched to attend a Sheridan Street residence in regard to an assault.

Officers attended and investigation revealed that the accused, a 31-year-old man, had physically assaulted a 65-year-old male victim.
 
The victim was transported to hospital where he received medical treatment for minor physical injuries.
 
As a result, a 31-year-old man from Brantford (No Fixed Address), stands charged with assault causing bodily harm, a Criminal Code violation. 
 


Type:                  Impaired (Drug)
Incident:           22-1063
Location:          King George Road

On Sunday January 9, 2022, at approximately 11:20 a.m., officers with the Brantford Police Service were dispatched to the area of King George Road and Oxford Street. Information was received to advise of a possible impaired driver. 
 
Officers attended the area and located the motor vehicle. A lone man was occupying the driver’s seat.
 
A traffic stop occurred and in speaking with the accused, officers observed signs of impairment. 
 
At approximately 11:30 p.m., the accused was arrested for Operation while Impaired by Drug. 
 
The accused was submitted to a Drug Recognition Expert Examination, as required by law. The accused was found to be impaired.
 
As a result, a 32-year-old man from Brantford, stands charged with Operation while Impaired (drug) contrary to the Criminal Code. 
 
Additionally, a license suspension was issued, and the vehicle impounded as per law.
 


Type:                  Break and Enter
Incident:           22-901
Location:          Sheridan Street

On Saturday, January 8, 2022, at approximately 2:30 a.m., officers with the Brantford Police Service were dispatched to attend a Sheridan Street residence in regard to a report of a break and enter. 
 
Officers attended the location and received information to indicate a man entered the residence thru the front door. The accused was confronted by two residents, who asked him to leave. The accused refused to leave, broke a lamp, and physically hit and verbally threatened one of the residents. 
 
The victims and the accused were known to each other.
 
The accused, Shawn Joseph BERGMAN, 36, of Brantford, was subsequently arrested and charged with the following Criminal Code violations: 
  • Assault 
  • Break and Enter and Commit 
  • Mischief Under $5,000 
  • Uttering threats to cause death
 
The accused was held for bail. 
 


Type:                  Stolen Vehicle
Incident:           22-866
Location:          Colborne Street

On Friday, January 7, 2022, at approximately 8:30 p.m., patrol officers with the Brantford Police Service observed a suspicious vehicle within the parking lot of a motel located on Colborne Street. 
 
Investigation revealed that the licence plate attached to the vehicle was not registered to this vehicle. The vehicle had previously been reported to police as stolen. 
 
The driver of the vehicle was identified, and information was received to indicate that the accused was in violation of a valid release order and driving prohibition.
 
When speaking with the accused, a false identity was provided to officers.
 
As a result of this investigation, Jeffery Darryl SHARPE, 35, of Brantford (No Fixed Address), stands charged with the following:
  • Possession of Stolen Goods over $5,000 contrary to the Criminal Code
  • Failure to comply with Judicial Release contrary to the Criminal Code
  • Obstruct a Peace Officer contrary to the Criminal Code
  • Failure to Comply with Undertaking contrary to the Criminal Code 
  • Drive Motor Vehicle while Under Suspension contrary to the Highway Traffic Act
  • Use Plate Not Authorized for Motor Vehicle contrary to the Highway Traffic Act
 
The accused was held for a bail hearing. 



Type:                  Impaired
Incident:           22-809
Location:          Bosworth Court and Wayne Gretzky Parkway

On Friday, January 7, 2022, at approximately 12:45 p.m., officers with the Brantford Police Service conducted a traffic stop in the area of Bosworth Court and Wayne Gretzky Parkway after receiving information to advise of a possible impaired driver.
 
Officers located the vehicle, which was being operated by a lone female. When speaking with the accused, signs of intoxication were observed.
 
The accused was then placed under arrest for impaired operation and was transported in order to provided samples of her breath as required by law. Both samples provided were over the legal limit.
 
As a result of this investigation, a 47-year-old woman from St. Catharines, stands charged with Impaired Operation - Plus 80, contrary to the Criminal Code.
 
Additionally, a licence suspension was issued, and the vehicle impounded as per law. 
 


Type:                  Impaired
Incident:           22-502
Location:          Colborne Street

On Wednesday, January 5, 2022, at approximately 1:15 a.m., patrol officers with the Brantford Police Service observed a possible impaired driver travelling eastbound on Colborne Street near Brant Avenue and conducted a traffic stop.
 
In speaking with the male driver, who was the sole occupant of the vehicle, officers observed signs of impairment. 
 
The accused was transported to provide samples of breath as required by law. Both samples provided were over the legal limit.
 
As a result, the accused, a 28-year-old man from Brantford, stands charged with Over 80, contrary to the Criminal Code.

Additionally, a license suspension was issued, and the vehicle impounded as per law. 

Break and Enter, Mischief charges laid in relation to October 9, 2021 incident at 282 Stanley St.

Jan 12, 2022

Inc. # 21-39643

A 48-year-old man stands charged with one count each of break and enter and mischief after an incident occurred in October 2021, at the site of the former Arrowdale Golf Gourse, located at 282 Stanley Street.

On Saturday, October 9, 2021, at approximately 2:30 p.m., officers with the Brantford Police Service were dispatched to the property at 282 Stanley Street in relation to an alarm call.

Investigation revealed that the lock to the front gate of the property had been cut in order to gain entry. Individuals were found at the site, refusing to leave. 

The Brantford Police Service has been actively monitoring the site in an effort to preserve the peace, maintain public safety and investigate criminal wrongdoing in accordance with legislated responsibilities and in the best interest of all involved.

It is always the goal of the Brantford Police Service to resolve occurrences with diplomacy and peaceful communication. As it is our bound duty to ensure the safety and well-being of the public, officers will first focus efforts to de-escalate a potential situation but, in the event of criminal activity, those committing an offence can be charged and arrested. Violence will not be tolerated. The Brantford Police Service will respond to unlawful events in an appropriate and professional manner. 

As a result of police investigation, on January 11, 2021, Trevor Riley BOMBERRY, 48, of Hagersville, surrendered himself to the Brantford Police Service, was arrested, charged and released on a Form 10 for the following Criminal Code violations:
  • Break and Enter 
  • Mischief 

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Search Warrant results in Multiple Firearms and Drug Related Charges for 35-year-old man

Jan 11, 2022

Inc. # 22-626

A 35-year-old man from Brantford is facing face multiple weapons and drug related charges after the Brantford Police Service executed a search warrant at a residence located on Grand River Avenue.

On Thursday, January 6, 2022, members of the Brantford Police Service Uniform Section and the Major Crime Unit entered into a weapons investigation. 

As a result of the investigation, with the assistance of the Emergency Response Team and uniform patrol officers,
a search warrant was obtained and executed at a residence located on Grand River Avenue. 

The following items were located and seized from the residence:
  • Four replica firearms
  • Multiple rounds of live ammunition
  • A quantity of Canadian currency
  • Police duty belt with high-capacity magazines (prohibited devices) 
  • Stun gun (prohibited weapon) 
  • Drug trafficking paraphernalia 
  • Approximately 65.4 grams of suspected fentanyl, with an estimated street value of $16,352
  • Approximately 122 grams of suspected methamphetamine, with an estimated street value of $18,330
Evidence Photo
 

As a result of this investigation, Matthew Joseph LYNCH, 35, from Brantford, stands charged with the following: 
  • Unauthorized possession of weapon, contrary to the Criminal Code 
  • Possession of a prohibited device x 2, contrary to the Criminal Code
  • Possession of weapon for dangerous purpose, contrary to the Criminal Code
  • Possession contrary to order x 4, contrary to the Criminal Code
  • Possession for the purpose of trafficking x 2 – contrary to the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act

Anyone with information on any other drug-related activities is asked to contact the Brantford Police Service at 519-756-0113.       
 
Anonymous information can be provided to Brant-Brantford Crime Stoppers at 519-750-8477 or 1-800-222-8477. Alternatively, a web tip may be submitted at: https://www.crimestoppersbb.com/submit-a-tip/ 


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MISSING PERSON: Leslie MARACLE, 42

Jan 11, 2022


missing person photo
 
The Brantford Police Service is seeking the public’s assistance in locating a missing 42-year-old female, Leslie MARACLE.

Leslie was reported as missing to the Toronto Police Service on September 10, 2021. Police have reason to believe that Leslie may have travelled to the Brantford area and are appealing to local residents for information which may assist in locating her.

Leslie is described as female, Indigenous, 5’5”, 160 lbs., medium build with shoulder length brown hair which is often dyed pink.

Anyone with knowledge of Leslie’s whereabouts is asked to please contact Detective Justin Torek of the Brantford Police Service at 519-756-7050. Anonymous information can be provided to Brant-Brantford Crime Stoppers at 519-750-8477 or 1-800-222-8477. Alternatively, a web tip may be submitted at: https://www.crimestoppersbb.com/submit-a-tip/ 

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Assault and Mischief Charge Laid after Altercation at 282 Stanley Street

Jan 6, 2022

Inc. # 21-48266

A 19-year-old man stands charged with one count each of assault and mischief after an altercation occurred at the site of the former Arrowdale Golf Gourse, located at 282 Stanley Street.

On Friday, December 10, 2021, at approximately 12:15 p.m., officers with the Brantford Police Service were in attendance at the property, when a verbal altercation occurred between several individuals. The situation escalated when one man became physically aggressive against another.

The victim, a 45-year-old man, did not sustain any physical injuries during the incident.

Officers were in attendance in an effort to keep the peace and maintain a safe environment for all parties. 

The Brantford Police Service will act to preserve the peace, maintain public safety and investigate criminal wrongdoing in accordance with legislated responsibilities and in the best interest of all involved.

It is always the goal of the Brantford Police Service to resolve occurrences with diplomacy and peaceful communication. As it is our bound duty to ensure the safety and well-being of the public, officers will first focus efforts to de-escalate a potential situation but, in the event of criminal activity, those committing an offence can be charged and arrested. Violence will not be tolerated. The Brantford Police Service will respond to unlawful events in an appropriate and professional manner. 

As a result of police investigation, a warrant was issued on December 23, 2021, for the arrest of the accused.

The accused, a 19-year-old male from Brantford, was located and arrested by officers January 6, 2022, and charged with the following Criminal Code violations:
  • Assault 
  • Mischief 

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CRIME BRIEF JANUARY 6, 2022

Jan 6, 2022


Type:                   Impaired
Incident:           22-00368
Location:          Colborne Street and Rawdon Street

On Tuesday, January 4, 2022, at approximately 1:15 a.m., officers with the Brantford Police Service responded to a single motor vehicle collision in the area of Colborne Street and Rawdon Street.

While travelling eastbound on Colborne Street, approaching Rawdon Street, the vehicle struck a hydro pole. As a result of the collision, the driver was trapped inside the vehicle. Members of the Brantford Fire Department attended to extract the driver from the vehicle.

The driver was transported to hospital by ambulance for medical assessment. 
Signs of impairment were observed. Investigation revealed that the accused was believed to be impaired by alcohol and was operating her vehicle while under the influence. The accused provided samples of her breath as required by law. Both samples were nearly three times the legal limit.

As a result of the investigation, a 29-year-old woman, from Brantford, stands charged with: 
• Operations while Impaired – Alcohol
• Operation while Impaired – Blood Alcohol Concentration

Additionally, a licence suspension was issued, and the vehicle impounded as per law.
 


Type:                   Various
Incident:           22-00373;  21-49708
Location:          Chatham Street

On Friday, December 21, 2021, at approximately 2:09 a.m., patrol officers with the Brantford Police Service observed behaviour consistent with that of an impaired driver and conducted a traffic stop on Chatham Street near George Street for the purposes of conducting a sobriety check.

In speaking with the driver, officers observed suspicious behaviour and the driver attempted to roll up his window. The driver was then requested to exit the vehicle.  
 
At this time, the accused started the engine of the motor vehicle and, in his attempt to flee from police, struck the police cruiser with his vehicle. The accused nearly struck officers as he fled the scene, travelling at a high rate of speed eastbound on Clarence Street. In the interest of public safety, a pursuit was not initiated. 
 
As a result of the incident, Brayden Nathan FERRALL, 22, of Guelph, stands charged with the following Criminal Code violations: 
• Flight from Peace Officer 
• Failure to Stop After Accident 
• Dangerous Operation 
• Obstruct Peace Officer
 
A warrant was sought for the arrest of the accused, who was arrested and held for bail on Tuesday, January 4, 2022, at approximately 2:45 a.m. 



Type:                   Mischief / Assault
Incident:           22-00296
Location:          Colborne Street

On Monday, January 3, 2022, at approximately 12:15 a.m., officers with the Brantford Police Service responded to an assault related call at a restaurant located on Colborne Street.

Information was received to report that a man entered the store without a COVID facemask and was refused service as per policy.

After being refused service, the accused jumped over the service counter in an effort to serve himself. 

As an employee began to escort the accused from the store, he was physically assaulted by the accused.

The accused then caused damage to a light fixture and shelving unit within the store.

As a result of this incident a 25-year-old man from Brantford (No Fixed Address), stands charged with Assault and Mischief under the Criminal Code, was arrested, and held for bail. 
 


Type:                  Flight from Peace Officer, Theft
Incident:           22-00086, 21-50051, 21-40143
Location:          Veteran’s Memorial Parkway

On Thursday, December 23, 2021, at approximately 1:00 p.m., officers with the Brantford Police Service observed a suspicious vehicle without licence plates travelling westbound on Veterans Memorial Parkway. A male driver was the sole occupant of the vehicle.

The suspect vehicle matched the description of one utilized in several gas thefts in the City of Brantford.

Officers received information to identify the accused, who was determined to be a suspended driver, wanted for arrest by a two neighbouring police services. 
 
Police attempted to initiate a traffic stop. The accused made no attempt to stop and fled from police at a high rate of speed. In the interest of public safety, the pursuit was discontinued. 

As a result, a warrant was sought for the arrest of Steven William LUNGARO, 33, of Stoney Creek, who stands charged with the following: 
• Flight from Peace Officer – contrary to the Criminal Code 
• Dangerous Operation – contrary to the Criminal Code 
• Driving while under Suspension – contrary to the Highway Traffic Act 

Additionally, investigation confirmed LUNGARO as the wanted individual in five gas thefts which occurred in Brantford during October and November 2021.

As a result of the investigation, the accused also stands charged with the following: 
• Theft Under $5000 x 5 – contrary to the Criminal Code 

On Saturday, January 1, 2021, at approximately 4:15 p.m., patrol officers with the Brantford Police Service observed the suspect motor vehicle travelling on Shellard Lane towards Colborne Street. 

A traffic stop was conducted. A female driver and a male passenger were the occupants of the vehicle.

Information received indicated that the male passenger was the wanted party from the above-mentioned incidents.

The accused male was arrested and held for bail.
 


Type:                 Weapons
Incident:           21-50985
Location:         Queen Street

On Friday, December 31, 2021, officers with the Brantford Police Service were dispatched to attend a weapons related call for service in the area of Queen Street and Darling Street.

Investigation revealed that a man was engaged in a verbal altercation with an unknown victim. The accused man was then observed by a witness to brandish a knife towards the victim in a dangerous manner. No physical injuries were received by the victim. 
 
Police attended the scene, located, and arrested the accused. Search incident to arrest found the accused in possession of a knife.

As a result of the investigation, Deodato FERREIRA, 63, of Brantford, stands charged with:
• Weapons Dangerous - contrary to the Criminal Code.

 


Type:                  Stolen Vehicle
Incident:           21-50781
Location:         Wayne Gretzky Parkway

On Wednesday, December 29, 2021, at approximately 8:30 p.m., patrol officers with the Brantford Police Service observed a motor vehicle with a visibly altered license plate in the drive-thru of a restaurant located on Wayne Gretzky Parkway near Edmondson Drive. 

Upon observing police, the vehicle abandoned its position in the drive-thru line up and proceeded to merge onto eastbound Highway 403. In the interest of public safety, the officers did not initiate in a pursuit. The vehicle exited the highway at Fairview Drive, where the driver lost control and crashed.

The driver and a female passenger, attempted to flee the scene on foot. Officers initiated a foot pursuit, the accused was located and subsequently placed under arrest. The K9 unit was called in to assist in locating the female passenger. 

No physical injuries were sustained as a result of the collision. 
 
Search incident to arrest located identification documents not belonging to the accused.

Information received indicated that the motor vehicle had previously been reported as stolen. Both licence plates on the vehicle had been manually altered.

The accused was found to be a prohibited driver and was in violation of a valid driving suspension.

As a result of this investigation, Dwain Edward CHASSE, 45, of Brantford, stands charged with the following: 
• Obstruct peace officer contrary to the Criminal Code
• Possession of an identity document x 2 contrary to the Criminal Code
• Possession property over $5000 contrary to the Criminal Code
• Operation of a conveyance while prohibited x 4 contrary to the Criminal Code
• Careless driving contrary to the Highway Traffic Act
• Fail to remain Highway Traffic Act
• Alter plate Highway Traffic Act

The accused was held for bail. 
 


Type:                  Vehicle Theft
Incident:           21-49998
Location:          Dalhousie Street

On Thursday, December 23, 2021, at approximately 4:15 a.m., officers with the Brantford Police Service were dispatched to a residence located on Dalhousie Street near Brock Street in regards to a theft of a motorcycle.

The motorcycle was stolen overnight from a parking lot in the rear of the residence. 

Officers attended and through investigation, located the accused and recovered the stolen motorcycle.

As a result, Jordan Neil BAKER, 39, of Brantford, stands charged with:
• Motor Vehicle Theft – contrary to the Criminal Code






Three Face Multiple Firearms and Drug Related Charges after Search Warrant Executed at Motel

Jan 5, 2022

Inc. # 22-440

Three people from Brantford face multiple firearms and drug related charges after the Brantford Police Service executed a search warrant at a Colborne Street motel. 

On Tuesday, January 4, 2022, members of the Brantford Police Service Street Crime Unit and the Criminal Intelligence Unit entered into a drug trafficking investigation. 

As a result of the investigation, with the assistance of the Emergency Response Team and uniform patrol officers,
a Controlled Drugs and Substances Act search warrant was obtained and executed at a motel located on Colborne Street. 

Officers seized the following:
  • a loaded, single-shot shotgun with ammunition
  • approx. 2 grams of suspected fentanyl, with an estimated street value of $800 
  • Canadian currency and other offence related property.  
         
          Evidence Photo                              

As a result of this investigation, Joel Richard CLELLAND, 30; Kyle Dalton GRUMMETT, 26; and Jennifer Ann Raisa MYCHAILENKO, 33, from Brantford, each stand charged with the following:
  • Careless storage of a firearm, contrary to the Criminal Code
  • Careless storage of ammunition, contrary to the Criminal Code
  • Unauthorized possession of a firearm, contrary to the Criminal Code 
  • Possession of a firearm knowing its possession is unauthorized, contrary to the Criminal Code 
  • Possession restricted firearm with ammunition, contrary to the Criminal Code, and 
  • Possession of weapon for dangerous purpose, contrary to the Criminal Code

Additionally, Joel Richard CLELLAND, 30, is charged with:
  • Possession of a controlled substance, fentanyl, contrary to the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act. 

The accused have been held for bail.

Anyone with information on any other drug-related activities is asked to contact the Street Crime Unit of the Brantford Police Service at 519-756-0113 ext. 2286. Anonymous information can be provided to Brant-Brantford Crime Stoppers at 519-750-8477 or 1-800-222-8477. Alternatively, a web tip may be submitted at: https://www.crimestoppersbb.com/submit-a-tip/ 


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CRIME BRIEF: Impaired Driving Charges

Jan 5, 2022

Type:                 Impaired Driving
Incident:           21-50041, 21-50529, 21-50533, 21-50554, 21-50640, 21-50830, 21-00368
Location:          Various

Between December 23, 2021, and January 2, 2021, officers with the Brantford Police Service charged seven individuals with impaired driving related offences. 

A summary including the charges, offence date, and location are as follows:

21-50041           12/23/2021        Newcastle Street            
52-year-old male from Brantford charged with Impaired Operation by Drug and Possession of Controlled Substance x 2 

21-50529            12/27/2021        Dunsdon Street
43-year-old female from Brantford charged with Impaired Operation (alcohol)

21-50533           12/27/2021        Dunsdon Street
50-year-old female from Brantford charged with Impaired Operation (alcohol)

21-50550            12/27/2021        Wayne Gretzky Parkway and Colborne Street
25-year-old male from Brantford charged with Careless Driving and Cannabis Readily Available 

21-50640            12/28/2021        403W and Paris Road
51-year-old female from Brantford charged with Impaired Operation (alcohol)
 
21-50830            12/30/2021        Colborne Street
38-year-old female from Brantford charged with Impaired Operation (Drug) and Breach of Probation

21-00233            01/02/2022        Darling Street
19-year-old male from Brantford charged with Failure to Comply with Release Order and Impaired Operation (Alcohol)

Impaired Driving – Not Worth the Risk


At this time the Brantford Police Service feel the need to remind the public of the dangers of impaired driving.

Impaired driving means operating a vehicle (including cars, trucks, boats, snowmobiles and off-road vehicles) while your ability to do so has been compromised to any degree by consuming alcohol, drugs or a combination of the two.

Impaired driving is a very serious offence that endangers the lives and safety of everyone on our roads. 

Alcohol — even one drink — can reduce your ability to react to things that happen suddenly. The effects of alcohol also include blurred or double vision, impaired attention and slowed reflexes. Impaired driving is one of the leading causes of death on Ontario’s roads.

Brantford Police Service would also like to remind drivers that both prescription and non-prescription drugs are an impairment while driving.                                                     

Penalties for Impaired Driving


If police determine that you are driving while impaired by alcohol or any drug, including cannabis, illegal drugs, prescription, and over-the-counter medications, you will face severe penalties as well as potential criminal charges if convicted in court.

The penalties vary depending on the driver’s age, licence type, the amount of alcohol or drugs in your system, and the number of times you have been convicted. 

Impaired drivers will face the following penalties (depending on circumstances): 
• Licence Suspension (3 days to lifetime)
• Vehicle Impoundment (7 days)
• Financial Penalties Payable ($250 to $550)
Licence Reinstatement Fee ($281) 
• An ignition interlock device may be required (6 months to 10 years)
• Attendance of mandatory education or treatment program(s)
• A mandatory medical evaluation to determine whether you meet the requirements for driving in Ontario
 
If convicted criminally of impaired driving in court, drivers can also face additional fines and jail time.

Throughout Canada, the maximum legal blood alcohol concentration (BAC) for fully licensed drivers is to be under 80 milligrams of alcohol in 100 milliliters of blood, or 0.08. Driving with a BAC of 0.08 or over is a criminal offence and the penalties are severe.

In Ontario, you will also face serious consequences if your BAC is between 0.05 and 0.08. This is commonly referred to as the "warn range.”

Drivers aged 21 or under and novice drivers of any age (with G1, G2, M1, or M2 licenses) must not have any presence of alcohol in their blood when behind the wheel. This is commonly referred to as the "zero BAC” or "zero tolerance” rule.

Young and novice drivers are also prohibited from having any presence of cannabis in their system as well as other drugs that can be detected using approved drug screening equipment. Ontario has a zero tolerance approach to both alcohol and drugs for all young and novice drivers.


Don’t Do It - Avoid Driving Impaired


Have a plan to get home safely. Have a designated driver, use public transit, call a friend or family member for a ride, call a taxi or ride share, or stay overnight.

There are simple steps you can take to stay safe and avoid driving while you are impaired by drugs or alcohol:

• Have a plan to get home safely. Have a designated driver, use public transit, call a friend or family member for a ride, call a taxi or ride share, or stay overnight.
• Ask your doctor or pharmacist about side effects related to driving when using prescription medication.
• Read the information on the package of any prescription drugs or over-the-counter medicine, including allergy and cold remedies.
• Ask your doctor or pharmacist about how a prescription drug could affect you. Remember that combining drugs and alcohol together can impair your ability to drive more than using either one alone.

Additional information regarding regulations and penalties of impaired driving is available from the Ministry of Transportation’s website: https://www.ontario.ca/page/impaired-driving  

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