Impaired Driving

Information relating to impaired driving.

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.

BILL 17 - New Motor Vehicle Act Drugged Driving Provisions

Bill 17, the Motor Vehicle Amendment Act (MVA) 2018 has passed third reading in the legislature. The bill amends the MVA to include provisions for the use of drug screening instruments and the imposition of prohibitions based on the result of using them to test a driver. In addition, a driver may be subject to licence conditions prohibiting the operation of a motor vehicle when the driver has a prescribed drug in their body,

DATA - RoadSafetyBC Statistics

New BC LogoData BC's data catalogue contains 20 datasets for RoadSafetyBC that include a wide variety of data about motor vehicle collisions in our province. It also contains sets for Immediate Roadside Prohibitions (IRP), vehicle impounds and other driving prohibitions.

RESOURCE - Drug Impaired Driving Learning Center

TIRF New LogoA collaboration between the Traffic Injury Research Foundation and State Farm Canada has produced the Drug Impaired Driving Learning Center. This web based resource is a summary of the latest research about drug-impaired driving in several key areas:

READING - IIHS Status Report August 3, 2017

IIHS LogoThe latest issue of the Status Report examines unbelted adults in the rear seating positions of a vehicle. While Canadians might be more apt to use their seatbelts when sitting in the back seat, it's still important information for those who don't, or those who ride with people that don't.

CASE LAW - Hamman v ICBC

BC Courts Coat of ArmsDo you have $212,000.00 in spare disposable income? Ryan Hamman rear ended a vehicle that was stopped on Highway 1 near 176 Street in Surrey, B.C. That vehicle was driven forward into the vehicle in front of it and the driver of the first vehicle was injured. ICBC denied coverage because Mr. Hamman was impaired by alcohol at the time of the collision. Litigation ensued with the final outcome being damages against Mr. Hamman and in favour of ICBC amounting to $212,000.00.

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