Traffic Inspector Scott Hlady of the OPP is reminding the public the new impaired driving laws apply to all motor vehicles.
Hlady says a “motor vehicle,” includes snowmobiles, ATVs and vessels.
#NEROPP Insp Hlady wants to remind drivers that if you are driving Snowmobiles, ATV’s and Vessels, you can expect to provide a breath sample under the new tougher impaired driving laws ~ MAS = Mandatory Alcohol Screening. #RideSober #ArriveAlive ^sc & sh pic.twitter.com/rrUu5nJiIm
— OPP North East (@OPP_NER) December 19, 2018
Police across Ontario, including the North Bay Police Service and the North Bay Detachment of the OPP, are being given more leeway when it comes to checking for impaired drivers. Minimum and maximum penalties have also been increased.
Officers are now able to demand a roadside breath sample from any lawfully stopped driver to determine whether a person has alcohol in their body.
Under Part 2 of Bill C-46, officers can demand that test without first having to suspect the motorist has been drinking.
Police say drivers need to be aware that it is mandatory for them to comply with this demand and that those who do not can be charged with failing or refusing to provide a breath sample.