As of April 15, 2012, the zero alcohol rule also applies to driver's licence holders age 21 or younger, regardless of licence class (passenger vehicle, motorcycle, moped or scooter, heavy vehicle, bus, etc.). This new measure aims to reduce the risk of accidents related to drinking and driving among young drivers, without restricting their mobility.
The penalties provided for drivers age 21 or younger who drive after drinking alcohol are the same as those provided for learner's licence or probationary licence holders.
Thus, even where the blood-alcohol level does not exceed the legal limit of 80 mg of alcohol per 100 ml of blood, their licence will immediately suspended for a period of 90 days. If they are subsequently convicted:
If their blood-alcohol level is over 80 mg of alcohol per 100 ml of blood, they could be prosecuted under the Criminal Code. If convicted, they will be subject to other measures and penalties.
Criminal prosecution may also be brought against a person whose blood-alcohol level is below 80 mg of alcohol per 100 ml of blood?
Under the Criminal Code, driving a vehicle when one's ability to drive is impaired by the effects of alcohol or drugs is prohibited.