Nova Scotia now has tougher penalties for people caught driving after they drink, even if they’re not legally drunk under the Criminal Code.
Starting Tuesday, drivers who have a blood-alcohol level between 0.05 and 0.08 — under the legal limit — will lose their licence for seven days, up from 24 hours.
The suspension increases to 15 days for a second offence and 30 days for a third.
These drivers will have to pay a fee of $89.63 to get their licence reinstated.
Transportation Minister Bill Estabrooks said it’s unacceptable to have even one beer before climbing behind the wheel.
“We just aren’t going to put up with it anymore,” he said. “So drivers beware: It begins today.”
Drivers who blow above the legal limit of 0.08 will still face charges under the Criminal Code of Canada.