Impaired Driving

Information relating to impaired driving.

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.

Open Liquor in a Motor Vehicle

Counterattack LogoOn a sunny afternoon patrol one weekend I stopped a vehicle that had been exceeding the speed limit. As I approached, I could see two gray haired women in the front and two men of the same vintage in the rear of the car. I could also see a partially consumed cold beer in the hand of each of the men, who made no attempt to hide them from me.

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.

NEWS - Alcohol Interlock Curriculum for Practitioners Web Site

TIRF New LogoThe Traffic Injury Research Foundation is pleased to announce the launch of the Alcohol Interlock Curriculum for Practitioners (AICP) website, an educational resource for diverse audiences. Information relating to the following topics can be found at this site:

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.

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