How do the Canadian border guards know if an American has a drunk driving conviction?

I hear you can't get in to Canada if you are a convicted drunk driver. How do the boarder guards know if you have had one or not? Why is drunk driving such a big deal up there?

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  • Anonymous
    3 months ago

    Your driving permit number allows to check those thing on a computer network.

    And drunk driving is a big issue because morons kill people in accident.

    If this is not to your liking, stay in the US.

  • 5 months ago

    Not a big fan of Canada, but if they want to keep drunks out, that is okay by me. We should do the same.

    • Joseph B
      Lv 4
      5 months agoReport

      In Canada, illegally seized evidence is admissible at trial, and there is no right to a jury trial unless the potential sentence is more than five years (more than six months in the United States).

  • 5 months ago

    They use this new thing called computes, which are hooked into a whole bunch of databases called a network.

  • 5 months ago

    Canada, and the USA share information about criminal activity.

    In Canada, drunk driving is an indictable offence, what Americans call a felony. It is treated very seriously in Canada.

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  • 5 months ago

    Canada Borders officials can read minds. They also read computer screens that are connected to an assortment of US Police data bases.

    Just like when you are stopped at the roadside a policeman or state patrol can find out your driving record so can Canada Customs. The internet makes it possible in seconds.

    Why is drunk driving such a big deal up there? BECAUSE IT IS.

    US citizen may think thousands of drunk driving deaths are acceptable on their roads. Canadians DO NOT.

    https://www.iii.org/fact-statistic/facts-statistic...

    In Canada Every day, on average, up to 4 Canadians are killed and many more are injured in alcohol and/or drug-related motor vehicle crashes on public roads.

    The law is specific and I suggest you look at your particular state law for the exact charge and compare it to Canada. The main issue is your blood alcohol level.

    Having an open beer in the car is much different than being drunk behind the wheel.

    Applies for impairment by drugs too.

    In Canada

    Impaired Driving

    The Criminal Code prohibits driving while impaired to any degree by drugs, alcohol, or a combination of both. Penalties for this offence range from a mandatory minimum fine to life imprisonment, depending on the severity of the offence

    CANADIAN Law is what is used. Canada Border guards do not care what your state penalties are for you bad deed. They figure out what your bad deed would be under Canadian Laws.

    The most often compared law is this one.

    Operation while impaired

    320.14 (1) Everyone commits an offence who

    (a) operates a conveyance while the person’s ability to operate it is impaired to any degree by alcohol or a drug or by a combination of alcohol and a drug;

    (b) subject to subsection (5), has, within two hours after ceasing to operate a conveyance, a blood alcohol concentration that is equal to or exceeds 80 mg of alcohol in 100 mL of blood;

    (c) subject to subsection (6), has, within two hours after ceasing to operate a conveyance, a blood drug concentration that is equal to or exceeds the blood drug concentration for the drug that is prescribed by regulation; or

    (d) subject to subsection (7), has, within two hours after ceasing to operate a conveyance, a blood alcohol concentration and a blood drug concentration that is equal to or exceeds the blood alcohol concentration and the blood drug concentration for the drug that are prescribed by regulation for instances where alcohol and that drug are combined.

    https://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/eng/acts/C-46/page...

    US bans childhood shoplifters but allows drunk drivers to pass.

    If your drunk driving thing was a long time in the past you can apply for an exemption if you have been otherwise a good Citizen.

    https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citi...

  • JuanB
    Lv 7
    5 months ago

    He knows because he is sitting there with the information right in front of him on his computer screen. Canada and USA share criminal conviction information in order to have a improved joint security.

    You have the rest of your question backwards. Why do US police hand out drunk driving convictions like street fliers. Why is drunk driving such a big deal down there? Ir falls into the border crossing test that way. It is a crime in Canada too, and in Canada the maximum sentence is over 10 years. (Doesn't matter what your conviction is) To get that maximum in Canada you'd have to be a repeat offender, or cause death and/or a large amount of damage. So that is how they view you, even though you probably did no jail time.

    Meanwhile for comparison if you got 10 years prison for being gay - that is not a crime in Canada so you are allowed in. Or if you got 10 years prison for shoplifting - that is maximum 6 months prison here, so you are allowed in.

  • Anonymous
    5 months ago

    Your criminal record is accessible to the Canadian Border services when your documents are scanned. Canadians take driving offenses seriously.

    Why is it such a big deal? You could hurt someone else or hurt yourself, leaving a mess to clean up. It's the law.

    Works the other way, btw, where Americans can check Canadian records.

  • 5 months ago

    Police forces, the courts, and the border agency share information. Drunk driving is a big deal in Canada because it does a lot of damage and Canada has chosen to make it a serious legal offence.

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