Drinking and Driving: A Quiz to Head Off Holiday Heartache

Test Your Knowledge

‘Tis the holiday season, and office parties are in full swing! But having a drink may lead to serious legal consequences if you’re stopped by the police. How well do you know the legal risks of driving under the influence? Take this quiz to find out!

True, this can be an infraction.

Even if you are sound asleep, you may still be deemed to have “care and control” of the vehicle under Québec law. Your car doesn’t have to be in motion for an infraction to occur.

This is also true.

Refusing to blow into an alcohol screening device or to take coordination tests is considered an omission or a refusal to cooperate with the police. This infraction has more severe consequences than impaired driving.


When driving, whether you’re impaired by alcohol, drugs – or a combination of the two – it amounts to the same infraction.


When it comes to impaired driving, the law sets minimum sentences if you’re found guilty. The minimum sentence includes a $1,000 fine, a one-year suspension of your driver’s license and a criminal record. Because this is a minimum sentence, judges cannot give a more lenient sanction.


Since you don’t have the care and control of the vehicle, you are not driving while impaired. However, if this happens to you, you’ll have to find another way to get home!