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Ignition Interlock Program in Manitoba


Manitoba has some of the toughest penalties for impaired driving in Canada. The Criminal Code of Canada contains minimum punishments for drinking and driving, but those are not the only consequences. If you are convicted of impaired driving, refusing to provide a breath sample, or another related offence, you will be prohibited from driving by the judge in your case for at least a year, and you will be suspended from driving for at least 1 year by the Province of Manitoba. The provincial suspensions range from 1 year to a lifetime driving ban.

Once you have completed both your court ordered driving prohibition and provincial suspension, you will also be required to complete an impaired driving program and to participate in the Ignition Interlock Program.

The Ignition Interlock Program requires you to have a device installed in your car that tests your breath for alcohol. Before you start your vehicle, you are required to provide a breath sample into the screening device. If the device detects alcohol in the breath sample, your car will not start. The device keeps a record of the samples provided and is monitored by the Province.

The period of time you will be required to use the ignition interlock device is as follows:

  • First and Second Conviction: 1 Year
  • Third Conviction: 3 Years
  • Forth and Subsequent Convictions: Lifetime

There is a cost associated with participating in the program:

  • Administration Fee: $250.00
  • Installation Fee: $145.00
  • Monitoring Fee: $89.00 per month
  • De-installation Fee: $50.00

If you have been drinking, do not drive. If you have been charged with impaired driving or a related offence, contact a lawyer for advice before pleading guilty so that you know the consequences of being convicted. For more information, click here for an article with answers to common questions about impaired driving offences.

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