Impaired Driving

Information relating to impaired driving.

CASE LAW - McNeal v Superintendent of Motor Vehicles

BC Courts Coat of ArmsGary McNeal crashed his vehicle and left the scene. Police tracked him down during their investigation, demanded breath samples and received readings above the legal limit. McNeal applied for judicial review of the adjudicator's decision that he was in fact the driver of the crashed vehicle.

CASE LAW - Gilles v British Columbia (Superintendent of Motor Vehicles)

BC Courts Coat of ArmsMr. Gilles is seeking to have the courts quash an adjudicator's decision and cancel the Immediate Roadside Prohibition (IRP) issued to him after being stopped by police while driving on Bainbridge Avenue in Burnaby, B.C.

VIEWPOINT - Mandatory Parking Lots for Bars

MegaphoneThoughts that make you go "hmmm..." This article by Eric de Place looks at civic government and the laws for the provision of parking at businesses. Why do they mandate parking at drinking establishments? Perhaps parking should be forbidden there, after all, we don't want people to drink and drive!

CASE LAW - Giesbrecht v Superintendent of Motor Vehicles

BC Courts Coat of ArmsThis is the first reported case that I have seen involving the new Immediate Roadside Prohibition (IRP) provisions of the Motor Vehicle Act.

Should Government Revise Our New Impaired Driving Program?

MegaphoneOur new impaired driving penalties appear to be getting the word out: drinking and driving is not acceptable here in B.C. If you do and are caught, it will be a long road to travel in order to restore your driving privileges. So be it, you knew that there could be consequences when you turned the key.

Wrong Way on Divided Highways

Do Not Enter SignIt is fortunate that this type of collision is relatively rare because the consequences are severe. I am speaking of driving the wrong way on a divided highway or freeway. We received about one complaint a month when I was working on Central Island Traffic Services in Parksville.

What About Zero Drugs?

New Driver SignsOne of the conditions attached to the driver's license of any new driver in British Columbia's Graduated Licensing Program (GLP) is that the driver must have zero blood alcohol when they are operating a motor vehicle. Of course, the idea behind this is that the driver has enough to worry about while driving the vehicle without adding alcohol to the mix. So, what about drug use?

ROADSENSE TIPS - Designated Driver

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This tip about designated drivers takes a look at what people think that a designated driver is and how important it can be to find a sober ride home in the face of BC's new drinking and driving legislation.

WEB SITE - Change the Conversation

TIRF LogoChange the Conversation is a national education program on impaired driving in Canada. It contains information about the magnitude and characteristics of the impaired driving problem across Canada, criminal and administrative laws relating to impaired driving, effective programs and policies to reduce impaired driving and the impaired driving system to deal with drunk drivers.

Government Review of New Impaired Driving Penalties

SoapboxEnforcement action against drivers having a blood alcohol content over 50 mg% (.05) began in 1977 here in British Columbia. In my view, it didn't become a marked deterrent until the recent significant penalty increases imposed by amendments to the Motor Vehicle Act. People are finally making the choice not to drink and drive in numbers that are easily visible.

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