Impaired Driving

Information relating to impaired driving.

ROADSENSE TIPS - Impaired Driving

ICBC LogoParties and social gatherings are a big part of summertime fun. It can lead people to a choice – should you get behind the wheel after a few drinks? This month’s tip, titled Impaired Driving, reminds you of the very real consequences of saying yes to that choice.

REPORT - Ending Alcohol Impaired Driving: a Common Approach

Canadian Coat of ArmsOn June 17, 2009 the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights chaired by MP Ed Fast released a report titled "Ending Alcohol-Impaired Driving: A Common Approach." The report makes 10 recommendations, the most interesting of which says that police should be able to do random breath testing of drivers without having a reasonable suspicion that the drivers have alcohol in their bodies.

SURVEY - Impaired Driving Cases are a Growing Challenge

TIRF New LogoA survey of Canadian lawyers by the Traffic Injury Research Foundation (TIRF) reveals that challenges with Canada’s impaired driving system, although not new, now appear to be growing.

Detecting the Marihuana Impaired Driver

marihuanaI recently overheard a conversation between young people where they discussed the daily use of marihuana - on their way to and from school and in their cars. They said it did not affect their ability to drive and that it went undetected by parents, teachers, employers and the police.

RESEARCH - British Columbia Roadside Survey 2008

CCSA Logo"A random survey of drivers was conducted at pre-selected locations in British Columbia from Wednesday to Saturday nights in June 2008. The purpose was to collect information on the prevalence of alcohol and drug use among nighttime drivers. Those surveyed were asked to provide a voluntary breath sample to measure their alcohol use and an oral fluid sample to be tested subsequently for the presence of drugs."

NEWS - Ignition Interlocks for Impaired Drivers

Ignition InterlockIgnition interlocks have been in use in BC since 2005 when they were made mandatory for certain high risk drinking drivers. Effective February 1, 2009 the provincial government has announced the commencement of an significant expansion of their use.

VIDEOS - MTV Anti-Drunk Driving Video

MTV LogoJust in time for the holiday season, this video shows the antics of passengers in the back of a taxi, as seen from the interior video camera.

Q&A - Impaired Driving

Q&A ImageMy comment is about drinking and driving.

My husband made an interesting statement a while ago that really stuck with me. He said he felt the reason we still have so many people drinking and driving is because we allow them to make a judgement on whether or not they are impaired after they have had a drink.

12 Hour Suspensions

Counter Attack LogoLast week's column looked at the 24 hour prohibition from driving for all drivers who had a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 50 mg% or higher and were either the driver of or who had care and control of a vehicle on a highway or industrial road. This week we'll look at a special suspension that applies to drivers who are in the Graduated Licensing Program (GLP).

24 Hour Prohibitions

Counter Attack LogoCould you please explain a 24-hour suspension of driving privileges? What exactly does this mean? A 24 hour driving prohibition is used when a police officer believes that a person is the driver of or has care and control of a motor vehicle on a highway or industrial road and their ability is impaired by alcohol or a drug.

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