To drive while impaired is against the law. If you are found to be impaired the local authority with impound your vehicle. Your license is likely to be temporarily suspended until you appear in court. If found guilty you will suffer a fine and lose your driving license for a set period of time. Each province or territory has its own fines and punishments.

If impaired and you have caused an accident then absolute liability will occur. This means that the minimum liability limit of $200,000 will be all that is available under your insurance to pay out any injury or damages. You could be taken to civil court to recover any further pay outs.

This conviction will stay on your record at least three years and the suspension will affect your years of driving record. Expect your insurance rates to increase dramatically.

Talk to your insurance broker or agent about your situation.