Road Safety

Penalties

You can’t drive high!

It is illegal to drive while impaired by drugs – and you can get caught.

In Manitoba, all drivers suspected by police of being under the influence of any drug can receive an immediate 24-hour roadside licence suspension.

If you fail a drug screening test, physical coordination test or a drug recognition evaluation, you are subject to an immediate Tiered Administrative Licence Suspension. Tiered Suspensions range from 72 hours to 60 days, depending on how many previous suspensions you have received within a 10-year period. Receiving a Tiered Administrative Licence Suspension lowers your Driver Safety Rating by five levels.

You will receive a three-month Administrative Licence Suspension if:

  • your blood drug concentration is over 5 nanograms of THC
  • your combined blood alcohol concentration is over .05 and your blood drug concentration is more than 2.5 ng of THC
  • you refuse to provide a saliva, breath or blood sample to police
  • you refuse to perform a physical coordination test or drug recognition evaluation, or refuse to follow a police officer's instructions regarding either test
  • you have any concentration of illegal drugs in your system

You will also move five levels down the Driver Safety Rating scale and be required to pay a driver's licence reinstatement charge and complete an impaired driver's assessment. You can also be charged with an impaired driving-related offence under the Criminal Code.

If you are convicted of an impaired driving-related Criminal Code offence, you will face sanctions such as:

  • moving an additional five, 10 or 15 levels down the Driver Safety Rating scale
  • a significant court-imposed fine
  • possible imprisonment
  • a court-imposed driving prohibition
  • mandatory driver’s licence suspension under The Highway Traffic Act
  • possible participation in Manitoba’s Ignition Interlock Program
  • possible vehicle forfeiture

Don’t drive high – make a plan to get home safely if you’re not sober.