Impaired Driving

Information relating to impaired driving.

NEWS - ATV Deaths

ATVThe B.C. Coroner's Service has released statistics on All Terrain Vehicle (ATV) deaths in the province from 2009 to 2018. Impaired driving was involved in half of them.

CASE LAW - R v Almardy

BC Courts Coat of ArmsKhalid Almardy was stopped by police in the early morning hours of October 21, 2017 in Victoria as he was a novice driver who was not displaying a new driver sign on his vehicle and was carrying too many passengers. Cst. Christians of the Capital Region Integrated Road Safety Unit detected the odour of liquor on Mr. Almardy's breath. Drivers in the Graduated Licensing Program must have zero blood alcohol when driving.

Q&A - Dealing with a Chronic Alcoholic

Drinking and Driving CounterAttack logoMy neighbour regularly drinks and drives, he has been banned from the local liquor store and has run in to a wall with his van. Aside from physically forcing him to stop, who do I report him to before he kills himself and someone else?

Q&A - Falling Asleep at the Wheel

Q&A ImageQ: I recently dozed off while driving home from work at 1:00 in the afternoon after doing a few late night / early morning shifts. I drove off the road and struck a guardrail doing damage to the truck. RCMP attended and wrote me up for "driving without consideration." I was told it would be $196 fine.

RESEARCH - Young Drivers at Risk From Cannabis Use

MarihuanaEven five hours after smoking marihuana, young drivers are at an increased risk of a crash according to the results of a clinical trial conducted at the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre.

NEWS - Mandatory Alcohol Screening

Keys and DrinkEffective on December 18, 2018 amendments to the Criminal Code will allow police to demand that any driver stopped for a lawful purpose participate in a screen for alcohol use. Currently police must have a reasonable belief that a driver has alcohol in their body before they can make a screening demand.

35 YEARS - Operation Red Nose

Operation Red NoseThis is the 35th year for Operation Red Nose, a community effort to keep impaired drivers off the road during the Christmas holiday. 2018 will see groups in Abbotsford, Burnaby, Chilliwack, Richmond, Kamloops, New Westmister, the North Shore, Ridge-Meadows, Prince George, the Tri-Cities and Williams Lake participating.

READING - IIHS Status Report, October 2018

IIHS LogoThis could be titled The Marihuana Issue as the IIHS looks at the rise in collisions among states that have legalized medicinal marijuana. It also touches on cannabis users who drive with children and don’t always view it as a safety risk. Finally, there is a Q&A on marihuana and how it contributes to crashes.

CASE LAW - R v Schultz

BC Courts Coat of ArmsBrigitte Schultz was stopped by police in Abbotsford for failing to maintain proper lane position, driving more slowly than normal and failing to stop for a yellow light. She displayed symptoms of impairment and was tested with an approved screening device. The test registered a fail.

READING - Status of Alcohol Impaired Driving in Canada

TIRF New LogoAlthough impaired driving in Canada has generally declined, there are several key considerations to examine in light of bills C-45 and C-46 which warrants concern. At the same time, there are also alternative strategies that can help relieve some of the pressure on the criminal justice system. This analysis underscores that impaired driving is a multi-faceted and complex social issue that remains a relevant public safety concern.

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