Do 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.

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