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Drinking and driving is dangerous and it's a crime. Manitoba takes a tough stand against drinking and driving any kind of vehicle, on or off the road.
Protect the safety of your family, friends and neighbours. Be road wise - make the right choice - don't drink and drive!
Note - Fees and charges referred to below are subject to change.
If you are operating or have care and control of a motor vehicle, boat, aircraft or railway equipment and you are stopped by the police, your motor vehicle driver's licence can be suspended immediately if:
If the officer believes that you are too impaired to perform a physical coordination test or to comply with a demand to supply a breath or blood sample:
If you register a “warn” on a breath screening device, are found to have a blood alcohol concentration of between .05 and .08 or fail a physical coordination test:
If you fail a physical coordination test or register a “fail” on a breath screening device:
Your motor vehicle driver's licence can be immediately suspended for 3 months if you:
When your driver’s licence is suspended:
If you are operating or have care and control of a motor vehicle and you are stopped by the police, your motor vehicle can be impounded at your expense:
In addition to the immediate consequences listed above for impaired driving, you can also be charged with criminal offences such as:
Persons convicted of drive impaired, drive with a blood alcohol concentration over .08 or refuse breath/blood sample may receive the following penalties:
Manitobans convicted of one the above Criminal Code charges face the following suspensions under The Highway Traffic Act:
Vehicle forfeiture is another consequence that impaired drivers of motor vehicles in Manitoba may face:
Under the Graduated Licensing Program in Manitoba, there is a zero blood alcohol content for novice drivers mandated for a minimum of the first five years of driving.
All sanctions and Criminal Code penalties related to drinking and driving or impaired driving apply to all types of off-road vehicles. Off-road vehicles are any vehicles designed or adapted for cross-country travel on land, water, ice, snow, marsh or other natural terrain. Examples include snowmobiles, all-terrain vehicles, dirt bikes and construction or farm implements.
All convicted impaired driving offenders are subject to a mandatory licence condition requiring them to use an ignition interlock device. Impaired drivers who have conditional licences are also required to use an ignition interlock device. The device requires a breath sample from the driver and prevents the vehicle from being operated if alcohol is detected.
Towing costs, storage costs and a provincial impoundment fee must be paid by vehicle owners before their vehicles can be released. The approximate cost is $500 for a 30-day impoundment and $800 for a 90-day impoundment. Registered owners who were not driving when the vehicle was impounded may apply to have the vehicle released. Costs must still be paid before the vehicle is released.
If your driver's licence is suspended you may have to:
Pay a driver's licence reinstatement charge of $50.
Undergo an assessment of your alcohol/drug use at a cost of $625. The assessment is conducted by the Addictions Foundation of Manitoba (AFM).
Pay more for your Autopac and driver’s licence premiums if your Driver Safety Rating goes down. Further information can be found on the Manitoba Public Insurance website at www.mpi.mb.ca.
Some driver's licence suspensions may be appealed to the Licence Suspension Appeal Board. For further information, contact the Board at (204) 945-7350 or 1-800-282-8069 toll-free from rural Manitoba.
For further information regarding the impaired driver assessment, contact AFM at (204) 944-6290 or 1-866-638-2561 (ask for the Impaired Drivers Program) or visit their website at www.afm.mb.ca.
For further information about driver’s licence suspensions, contact Manitoba Public Insurance:
In Winnipeg: 985-7000
Outside Winnipeg, Toll-free: 1-800-665-2410
Deaf Access TTY/TDD: 985-8832