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In actuality, the terms “DUI” and “DWI” are strictly American. In Canada, individuals can face three charges as a result of impaired driving: impaired driving, over 80, and refuse. Here is a brief description of each:

Impaired Driving

You displayed indicia of impairment and/or some form of “bad” driving and were arrested based on these observations. The alcohol consumed, whatever the amount, small or large, impacted you in such a way that you are alleged to have been impaired or “drunk” by that consumption to drive. You can also be alleged to have been impaired by drug.

Over 80

You failed a roadside breath sample then provided two more breath samples at a police station (or R.I.D.E. truck) and the results showed that your blood-alcohol concentration (BAC) in your body was more than the legal limit of 80 mg per 100 ml of blood. This charge is NOT alleging you were “drunk”, just over the legal limit.


A demand was given for you to provide a breath sample either at the roadside or at the police station and you “refused” to provide that sample(s).

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