Impaired Driving

Information relating to impaired driving.

VIDEO - Ramona Pierson on Being Hit by an Impaired Driver

TED Talks challenge fascinating thinkers and doers to give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes or less. Ramona Pierson was crossing the street when a drunk driver ran a red light and struck her in the crosswalk. She spent 18 months in a coma and then was placed in a senior citizens home to recover.

ICBC - Top Excuses Given by Impaired Drivers

ICBC LogoThe following excuses for driving while impaired were provided to police at CounterAttack road checks held around BC in the past month:

VIDEO - Bloody Idiots Christmas 2011

video iconAnother great video from Austalia's TAC Victoria that is part of their anti-impaired driving campaign for Christmas 2011. Well known for not pulling any punches, these videos graphically illustrate the perils of impaired driving.

RESEARCH - Youth Drinking and Driving

TIRF logoA new Road Safety Monitor (RSM) poll by the Traffic Injury Research Foundation (TIRF) shows that a majority of young Canadian drivers are aware that they cannot drive safely after drinking alcohol. The public opinion poll conducted in September 2010 investigated a variety of drinking and driving behaviours and attitudes among youth including riding with a drinking driver.

NEWS - Interim Approach to Impaired Driving

BC FlagPolice will revert to the previously used sanctions when a driver provides a breath sample at roadside that results in a fail reading due to the recent Supreme Court decision in Sivia v Superintendent of Motor Vehicles.

Why Don't You Promote Being a Designated Driver?

Operation Red NoseWhy doesn't this site do more to promote the use of a designated driver? This single sentence was all that was sent to me in an e-mail from a visitor to my DriveSmartBC web site. With the Christmas season upon us, it's probably a great time to revisit the subject.

CASE LAW - Sivia v Superintendent of Motor Vehicles

BC Courts Coat of ArmsThis case is the first major challenge of BC's new Immediate Roadside Prohibition laws. Mr. Justice Sigurdson has ruled that the penalties imposed for the actions taken against a driver who blows a fail (over .08) reading on an approved screening device are contrary to the Charter of Rights and Freedoms because there is no adequate option for a review.

45 Deaths that Didn't Occur

Keys and DrinkI'm no stranger to death by automobile. It was never a pleasure to investigate fatalities and for me there was no satisfaction in the successful prosecution of the impaired driver that caused them. Many more people than the direct victims were hurt and I knew that the only way I could really contribute was to hunt down the impaired driver and stop them.

The Approved Screening Device

Much has been written recently about the Approved Screening Device being used by police to test drivers under the Immediate Roadside Prohibition program. Many are curious about how it works, and those that have been tested were quite often surprised at the result. The authority for the screening comes from section 254 of the Criminal Code.

CASE LAW - Spencer v Superintendent of Motor Vehicles

BC Courts Coat of ArmsIn this case, Kristen Debra-Lee Spencer challenges an Immediate Roadside Prohibition (IRP) in a Supreme Court Review of an adjudicators decision upholding the IRP on review. Ms. Spencer was issued the IRP for being in care and control of a motor vehicle, having alcohol in her body and refusing to provide a breath sample on the demand of a police officer.

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