Do I have to answer police questions if I’m driving or biking?
Question & AnswerDo I have to answer police questions if I’m driving or biking?
1. Determine whether you have to identify yourself
You must identify yourself if:
- the police have you after an accident
- the police think you've broken a provincial or municipal traffic law while riding your bicycle
- the police have stopped you while driving a vehicle
If you refuse to identify yourself in these situations, you may get or have to stay with the police longer.
If you're a bicycle rider, you don't have to show a licence. You can simply give the police your name and address. If you lie about your name or address, you can be charged with or .
If you're stopped while driving a vehicle, you must show the following to the police when asked:
- your driver's licence
- your vehicle's registration
- proof of insurance documents
The police can also demand that you take a roadside breath test to check for alcohol impairment. They do not need a reason to ask you to take a breath test. You do not have the right to refuse a breath test.