How many times have you said “I’ve only had a couple drinks; I’m fine to drive!” The truth is that having a BAC (blood alcohol content) over the legal limit for driving may actually require fewer drinks than you think and, even if you feel sober, the alcohol in your system can alter your judgement or reflexes, causing an accident or worse. There are safe alternatives to driving while intoxicated such as the ignition interlock Ontario product line. This system is simple to use, can be installed in virtually any vehicle, and is an extremely effective alternative to inebriated driving.
Ontario’s BAC limit
In Canada, the Criminal Code BAC limit is 08%. That means the maximum legal blood alcohol concentration (BAC) for fully licensed drivers is less than 80 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood. Driving with a BAC of 0.08 or over is a criminal offence and carries severe penalties including fines, license suspension, license loss or even a prison sentence. Drivers will also face consequences with a blood alcohol content level that falls within the “warn range” of 0.05 – 0.08. With an ignition interlock device Ontario by NOT YOUR CHILD CORP. installed in your vehicle, you can easily and accurately check your BAC level and, if you have exceeded the limit, your vehicle’s ignition system will lock and you will not be able to drive.
How much is too much?
So, just how many drinks does it take to reach a Blood Alcohol Content of 0.05-0.08?
It can depend on a number of factors including body weight, food intake and even gender. According to MADD Canada, if an average woman weighing 130-145 pounds has two drinks in two hours, she will be close to or within the ‘warn limit’. Three drinks in two hours will put her over the 0.08 limit. For an average man weighing 165-195 pounds, it will take four drinks in two hours.
It is important to note that these numbers are estimates only, and every person is different. The best way to avoid driving while inebriated is by installing an ignition interlock system in your vehicle.
A Not Your Child Corp. ignition interlock system, also known as a breathalyzer machine for vehicles, uses face recognition via the driver’s smart phone to confirm the driver’s identity. When the system is activated, you must breathe into the device and, if your BAC is within the legal range, you will be able to start the vehicle and drive safely. If you have exceeded the BAC level, the ignition interlock device Ontario will prevent the car from starting and stop you from driving while intoxicated.