Impaired Driving

Information relating to impaired driving.

READING - Drink Driving Monitor 11

ETSC LogoBritish Columbia is not the only jurisdiction trying to reduce the incidence of impaired driving by implementing tougher legislation. The European Transport Safety Council Newsletter on Drink Driving Policy Developments in the European Union shows that some countries are implementing blood alcohol limits even lower than those in place here in BC.

You Blew a Fail, What Now?

RSDAfter all the publicity concerning BC having the toughest impaired driving penalties in Canada you decide to drink and drive. You are stopped by police, blow a fail reading (BAC > 100 mg% or .10) on the screening device and are now in serious trouble for the first time in your driving career. What happens under the Immediate Roadside Prohibition (IRP) Program?

What Would My BAC Be?

Keys and DrinkIf you are a driver who will not say no to alcohol prior to driving, BC's new Immediate Roadside Prohibition (IRP) makes it critical to understand how drinking affects your blood alcohol concentration (BAC). How many standard drinks, 12 ounces of beer, 5 ounces of wine or 1.5 ounces of hard liquor, can you consume and still not be over the 50 mg% (.05) level?

You Blew a Warn, What Now?

ASDIt is after September 20, 2010 and you have just been tested for blood alcohol at the roadside and the screening device registered a "warn." The officer has served you with a notice of driving prohibition and has ordered a tow for your vehicle. How do you challenge this action?

Driving with a BAC Between 50 and 80 mg%

ASDIn 1977 BC established the limit of 50 mg% as the provincial limit on Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) for drivers. When tested with an approved screening device drivers with a BAC over this limit received a 24 hour roadside prohibition. Relatively recently, this prohibition also included a 24 hour vehicle impoundment to go along with the prohibition.

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.

CASE LAW - R v Berner

BC Courts Coat of ArmsThis is the provincial court decision rendered by Judge P.D. Gulbranson finding Carol Ann Berner guilty of all charges arising out of the death of Alexa Middelaer and the serious injuries caused to her aunt, Daphne Middelaer. Berner was driving the car that struck the two while they were feeding horses at the side of 64 Street in Delta, B.C.

Your Ability to Drive is Affected Before Your BAC Reaches .08

Drinking and Driving CounterAttack logoThere is a lot of rhetoric attached to recent articles on the proposed changes to BC's Motor Vehicle Act to more heavily penalize those of us who choose to drink and drive. Browse to any major BC media internet site and read some of the comments left by those who have failed to educate themselves before publicly expressing their opinion.

READING - A Safer Way Home

Keys and DrinkA Safer Way Home: The Minnesota Safe Ride Guide documents four successful community based programs designed to get drinking drivers home safely. The Guide also contains a detailed set of instructions to help you plan and set up a similar program in your own community. The examples were taken from smaller towns where there was a lack of options for public transportation.


Care & Control of a Motor Vehicle While Impaired

CounterAttack LogoIt's been a surprise to many people over the years, but you don't have to be actually driving a motor vehicle when your ability to drive is impaired by alcohol or a drug to be convicted of that offence. Simply being able to set the vehicle in motion, engine running or not, may be enough for a conviction because you have care and control of the motor vehicle while you are impaired.

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