The legal limit of blood alcohol content for drivers in Saskatchewan is 0.08, though Saskatchewan does issue consequences for drivers with a BAC of 0.04 or higher.
If stopped by a police officer who suspects you have been drinking, your license will immediately be suspended for 24 hours if:
If caught driving with a BAC of .04, the consequences are as follows:
If convicted of driving while impaired (registering a BAC higher than 0.08), you will face the follow penalties:
Saskatchewan, like many other provinces in Canada, has special laws for novice drivers. If you are a driver with less than one year of experience, the following applies if you have any alcohol in your body:
Before getting your license back, you will have to undergo addiction screening and assessment, for which you must pay a $150 fee. Assessments are based on answers to questions about your previous alcohol and drug use. If addiction is detected, you will be referred to a treatment program that may include weekly meetings or inpatient care depending on the severity of the addiction. Otherwise, you will be assigned to the Driving Without Impairment (DWI) class, where you will learn about the risks associated with drinking and driving. Assigned classes or programs must be completed to reinstate your license.
If convicted of impaired driving in Saskatchewan, you can face up to 14 years in jail. If you are not an America citizen, you will be barred from entering the United States.
If caught driving without a license, you will face the following consequences:
Minimum court fines begin at $1,500 for impaired drivers, which includes a $500 penalty under the Safe Driver Recognition program. Fines have no maximum and are up to the judge's discretion.
In addition, impaired drivers lose many of the benefits of insurance. If an impaired driver is at fault in an accident, they must pay for all damages in full. They also face a minimum fine of $600 with no maximum. Impaired drivers can also expect their insurance premiums to rise.
Some offenders may be eligible to have their license reinstated earlier if they choose to participate in the Ignition Interlock Program. Ignition interlock is a breathalyzer mounted in a vehicle which the driver must blow into before the car will start. The device records all instances or ignitions and must be checked by the installer every 30-60 days.
You may benefit from the Ignition Interlock Program if:
In addition, you must wait for the following duration of time to pass, or a time set by the court, whichever is greater:
The Ignition Interlock Program is not free. The costs associated with the program include:
Once installed, the device must remain in the vehicle for the following duration: