Police conduct a RIDE checkpoint.

Police conduct a RIDE checkpoint.

Police in Ontario can now suspend the licences of drug-impaired drivers, with the same penalties that drunk drivers face.

Beginning Sunday, drivers impaired by drug use will face a $180 fine, and a licence suspension of three days for the first occurrence, then seven days for the second time and 30 days for subsequent ones after failing roadside tests.

After more testing at a police station, drivers could face a 90-day licence suspension and have their vehicle impounded for a week.

Further penalties could include mandatory education or treatment programs or an ignition interlock.

Drivers could still be charged criminally with impaired driving, but Ontario is implementing these new rules to give police more tools to immediately get impaired drivers off the roads.

Criminal convictions for impaired driving come with sentences of up to five years.

With files from The Canadian Press.

Source: CTV News Barrie