Impaired Driving

Information relating to impaired driving.

CASE LAW - Derkson v ICBC

BC Courts Coat of ArmsIn the early morning hours of April 25, 2015 Kendall Derkson was driving her vehicle on Highway 10 in Surrey. She struck a vehicle driven by Patrick Chan, destroying her vehicle in the process. ICBC refused to cover her loss as she was in breach of her conditions of insurance for being “incapable of proper control of the vehicle” at the time of the collision due to the influence of alcohol.

Q&A - Can a Driver Deal with an IRP After the Fact?

Keys and DrinkA person that left a nightclub had one drink early in the evening and drank water rest of the night because they knew they were driving. This person spoke with many officers upon leaving, went for coffee and gas and saw another officer and spoke with him. He left, driving down the highway a little faster than he should have at approximately 2 am.

The Only Thing a GLP Driver Supervisor Cannot be is Dead

Keys and DrinkIn case you missed it, the alcohol impaired supervisor of a learner driver ran afoul of police in Nelson this week. They called upon their son to use the family vehicle to transport them home from a party and were checked in a roadblock.

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.

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.

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