Police services across Ontario will have new power to order a vehicle impounded for (7) seven days if the driver has an administrative licence suspension, a blood alcohol limit of more than 0.08, refuses a breathalyzer or does not have the required ignition interlock device beginning Dec. 1.
Parents who have been stripped of their driver’s licence for failing to pay child support are included in the new impoundment rules.
“We’re looking for ways to require those parents to be responsible to their kids,” Ontario Transportation Minister Kathleen Wynne said Monday. “And so separating someone from his or her vehicle is a pretty significant deterrent.”
The Family Responsibility Office has suspended more than 28,500 drivers licences from deadbeat parents since 2003.
According to the Ministry of Community and Social Services, the first notice of a licence suspension spells out payment options and a deadline to avoid being stripped of driving privileges.
If the parent in default of child custody does not pay up, then the ministry can move forward with a licence suspension.
The new enforcement tool also applies to those motorists who have lost their licence for demerit point accumulation, failure to complete remedial measures and other administrative issues.
Licensce or not -blowing over the legal alcohol limit, or refusing to take the test, will also lead to a seven-day impoundment.
Wynne said Ontario has about 17,000 drivers whose licences have been suspended for impaired driving, indicating the extent of the problem.
“The message around drinking and driving is being reinforced by these sanctions,” she said.
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