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APT – Law on Drinking and Driving (Under Construction)
Course Category/Categories: Patrol/Operations Training, Under Construction,

Notice: This course is Under Construction. No new registrations are available at this time. Please watch for updates on when the new course will be released.


Content Provider:
Ontario Police College


1.5 hours

The Ontario Police College and the Canadian Police Knowledge Network have adapted the Advanced Patrol Training Course (APT) program into an e-learning course.

Drinking and driving is a critical aspect of law enforcement by police forces across Canada.  Whether impairment is cause by alcohol or drugs, police officers are allowed to arrest individuals exhibiting signs of impairment in accordance with the Criminal Code of Canada and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. In addition to reviewing the basic concepts pertaining to the law on drinking and driving, this module addresses considerations for lawful arrest, including Reasonable Grounds and Care or Control.

This is one of eight modules in the Ontario Police College’s Advanced Patrol Training course.  As such, some portions of this course are specific to Ontario jurisdictions. Interested participants from outside of Ontario are encouraged to contact CPKN for further information.

Learning Objectives

Upon Completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Explain the problem of drinking and driving
  • Recall the basic concepts and definitions pertaining to the law on drinking and driving
  • Explain the drinking/driving laws according to the Criminal Code of Canada
  • Explain ‘Reasonable Grounds to Believe’ in order to make a lawful arrest and breath demand
  • Explain ‘Reasonable Grounds to Suspect’ in order to make a lawful demand
  • Explain the presumption of Care or Control and how you can apply it
  • Explain the three types of risks associated with Care or Control

Modules in the series:

Target Audience

Sworn Police, Police Civilian, Public Safety Officer, Peace Officer / Special Constable, Other Federal, Provincial and Municipal Employees

Content Provider

Content for this course was developed by instructors of the Advanced Patrol Training Unit of the Ontario Police College.