Impaired Driving

Information relating to impaired driving.

READING - A Safer Way Home

Keys and DrinkA Safer Way Home: The Minnesota Safe Ride Guide documents four successful community based programs designed to get drinking drivers home safely. The Guide also contains a detailed set of instructions to help you plan and set up a similar program in your own community. The examples were taken from smaller towns where there was a lack of options for public transportation.


Care & Control of a Motor Vehicle While Impaired

CounterAttack LogoIt's been a surprise to many people over the years, but you don't have to be actually driving a motor vehicle when your ability to drive is impaired by alcohol or a drug to be convicted of that offence. Simply being able to set the vehicle in motion, engine running or not, may be enough for a conviction because you have care and control of the motor vehicle while you are impaired.

CASE LAW - R v Rock

BC Courts Coat of ArmsKurtis William Rock was an 18 year old who spent the day drinking beer in the park with friends. At the conclusion of the drinking session he loaded two minors in his mother's Buick Rendezvous and entered traffic in the City of Vancouver.

Q&A - The GLP Designated Driver and Passenger Rules

Q&A ImageCan someone with their N have more than one friend in the car if they are the designated driver?

READING - The Road Safety Monitor 2009: Drinking and Driving in Canada

TIRF LogoA new poll by the Traffic Injury Research Foundation (TIRF) reveals that Canadians may be changing their habits regarding driving after drinking. The public opinion poll conducted in September investigated how many Canadians drove after drinking in the last year.

Q&A - 24 Hour Prohibition for Drug Use

Q&A ImageThis past year my 18yr old son was stopped and ticketed for having an extra passenger in his vehicle. It was late in the evening and they had been at a party. He was designated driver that evening and had not been drinking or doing drugs. However, the constable that stopped him pointed her flashlight in his eyes and accused him of being on drugs. She decided this in mere seconds of observation.

VIDEO - Everybody Hurts

video iconSome of the best anti-impaired driving videos come out of Australia. This example runs for 5 minutes and 22 seconds and it explains very well why police target impaired drivers. As they say, if you drink and drive, you're a bloody idiot!

ROADSENSE TIPS - Smart Holiday Driving

ICBC logoThis ICBC RoadSense video attempts to dispel some of the common myths about knowing when it is safe to drive after you have consumed alcohol. Dr. Bruce Campana explains that the best choice is still not to drive if you have been drinking.

READING - Energy Drinks and Impaired Driving

National Safety Commission LogoThe US National Safety Commission reports on the use of energy drinks and the possibility of caffeine impaired driving. Energy drinks contain significant amounts of caffeine and when consumed to excess can lead to caffeine intoxication.

VIDEO - Impaired Driving Physical Testing

Think LogoThis short video examines physical tests that police may use at the roadside in the UK to detect a drug impaired driver. They are equally applicable here in Canada as part of an examination by a Drug Recognition Expert, especially since recent amendments to the Criminal Code require that the driver participate in them.

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