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Criminal Code

Version of section 253 from 2008-07-02 to 2018-06-20:

Marginal note:Operation while impaired

  •  (1) Every one commits an offence who operates a motor vehicle or vessel or operates or assists in the operation of an aircraft or of railway equipment or has the care or control of a motor vehicle, vessel, aircraft or railway equipment, whether it is in motion or not,

    • (a) while the person’s ability to operate the vehicle, vessel, aircraft or railway equipment is impaired by alcohol or a drug; or

    • (b) having consumed alcohol in such a quantity that the concentration in the person’s blood exceeds eighty milligrams of alcohol in one hundred millilitres of blood.

  • Marginal note:For greater certainty

    (2) For greater certainty, the reference to impairment by alcohol or a drug in paragraph (1)(a) includes impairment by a combination of alcohol and a drug.

  • R.S., 1985, c. C-46, s. 253
  • R.S., 1985, c. 27 (1st Supp.), s. 36, c. 32 (4th Supp.), s. 59
  • 2008, c. 6, s. 18

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