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NEWS - Canada's Toughest Impaired Driving Penalties

BC FlagBritish Columbia will have Canada's toughest impaired driving penalties when new laws become effective on September 20, 2010. The limits of zero for new drivers, 50 mg% (.05) for a 24 hour suspension and 80 mg% (.08) for criminal impaired driving charge have not changed, rather the penalties for those who disregard them have become much harsher.

NEWS - Safety Review of 15 Passenger Vans

Transport Canada LogoTransport Canada announced that the Government of Canada will be undertaking a review of the safety standards for 15 passenger vans. These vehicles are typically used for extracurricular school activities and have been involved in serious collisions often attributed to rollover stability.

NEWS - Enhanced License Plate Removal

BC FlagB.C.'s Commercial Vehicle Safety and Enforcement (CVSE) has implemented a program aimed at removing commercial vehicles with serious equipment defects from our highways. The program applies to commercial vehicles with a GVW over 5,000 kg that are part of the National Safety Code Program.

NEWS - Toughest Ever Testing Standards for Child Car Seats

Transport Canada LogoCanada's testing standards for child safety seats will be second to none when they are implemented on January 1, 2011. Children today are heavier and require that safety standards keep pace in order to take this into account and provide sufficient protection.

NEWS - Coroner Looks at Motorcycle Fatalities

Motorcycle CrashThe province of BC saw 286 motorcycle-related deaths on our highways between 2000 and 2007. As a result, the BC Coroner's Service convened a Death Review Panel to examine the increasing frequency of serious collisions. The panel has also made recommendations to prevent loss of life in similar circumstances.

NEWS - Targeting Bad Driving Pays Off in Lives Saved

BC FlagVICTORIA – Sixty fewer lives were lost and 4,196 fewer injuries resulted from motor vehicle crashes in 2008 compared to 2007, due to a concerted effort by a 110-member integrated traffic safety unit that works alongside local traffic police to make British Columbia roads safer.

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:

NEWS - Traffic Fine Revenues Returned to Local Governments

BC FlagThe BC Ministry of Community Development announced today that $63 Million from traffic fines are being returned to local governments to "hire more officers and invest in local projects, ranging from youth outreach and drug awareness programs to traffic safety."

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