A driver receives a breathalyzer test(Photo: The Canadian Press)

The holiday season is just around the corner, and that means so is a police drunk-driving check-stop. Along with the wave of holiday liquor ads, police have ramped up public-service announcements warning of the consequences for those caught driving with a little too much Christmas cheer on board.

Canada's impaired-driving laws are fairly strict, with offenders facing fines, driving suspensions and, in the case of new B.C. legislation, instant impoundment of their vehicles for blowing as little as .05. As of December 1, in Ontario, drivers with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08, or who fail to comply with breath testing, face an immediate seven-day vehicle impoundment at roadside.

Drunk driving is a crime just about everywhere and sentences, especially for repeat offenders or if death or injury is involved, can be harsh. Here are some examples of penalties from around the world.