Impaired Driving

Information relating to impaired driving.

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.

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.

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 - IRP in the News, How Accurate are the Stories?

SoapboxJournalism or sensationalism? Are we interested in the facts or writing a story that grabs a reader emotionally and pulls the reader into forming an opinion based on emotion? Unfortunately, I think that this story by Mr.

Q&A - Can My Mother Get Her Car Back?

Q&A ImageMy brother 20 years old went out last night with some of his roommates, he had a drink or 2 and ended up doing something incredibly stupid. He's like the most responsible person I know, always lecturing me about school and how to plan for the future, helping me study and giving me study tips. He never goes out, stays home on the weekends and doesn't party.

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!

VIEWPOINT - 24 Hour Suspension Unfair to the Novice Driver

SoapboxIn the section 215 of the MVA, there is a “way out” for the driver being served the 24 hour suspension. The section 215(6) reads as follows:

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. In this case Glenn Giesbrecht requests that the prohibition and fine imposed upon him by the IRP be set aside by the court after an unsuccessful review by an adjudicator with the Office of the Superintendent of Motor Vehicles.

Q&A - Planning to be a Responsible Host

Counter Attack LogoI’m planning a Wedding Reception (Outdoor) for my nephew and his wife in Mid July. There will be about 200 people coming from all over BC, Alberta and Manitoba. I’d like to offer them some transportation with reference to “Drinking and Driving”. I’m sure most if not all my guests are responsible drivers but again I just want to be sure they have a safe ride home.

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