If you’re required to get an ignition interlock on your car, you might be nervous. That goes double if your car is an especially prized possession – as many are. So it’s understandable that you’d be concerned about someone installing an electrical device in it, especially a device which has the … [Read more...] about Will an Ignition Interlock Damage My Car’s Electrical System?
Some drivers worry about having an ignition interlock installed on their vehicle because they've heard that their car might refuse to start, stranding them at home or work. This condition is called lockout, and while it does happen, at LifeSafer of Canada we want you to know it is preventable - as … [Read more...] about What is an Ignition Interlock Lockout?
If you follow DUI laws in Canada, you know that the ignition interlock is an important tool in the fight against drunk driving. An ignition interlock, or car breathalyzer, prevents a car vehicle from starting if the driver has been drinking. Courts can order interlocks to be placed on the vehicles … [Read more...] about Infographic: Canadian Ignition Interlock Laws
Thousands of people will make the choice to drink and drive in Ontario every year, and when those people are convicted of impaired driving, they will receive fines, driver’s license suspensions, and an ignition interlock device in any vehicle they drive. As part of the Reduced Suspension with … [Read more...] about Removing The Ignition Interlock Condition From Your Ontario License
If it sounds like a hard resolution to keep, it shouldn't be. There are a lot of compelling reasons to make sure this is the year you stick to your guns and never choose to drink and drive again. You don’t want to crash Crashing your vehicle isn’t just a possibility when you drink and drive; it’s … [Read more...] about Make It Your New Year’s Resolution Never To Drink And Drive
It's time to bid 2019 goodbye and welcome in a fresh new year. 2020 is finally here, and with it comes a world of new possibilities, resolutions, and goals. Lifesafer Canada would like to wish you a Happy New Year 2020, and best wishes for safety, success, health, and happiness for all you choose … [Read more...] about Happy New Year From LifeSafer Canada
How many driving laws can you break at one time? A man in Ontario seems to have been trying to establish a record – and perhaps he did – when he was arrested near Ignace recently. Police received reports of a vehicle passing unsafely and speeding. After finding that the car was stolen, officers … [Read more...] about 12 Charges Against Man Stealing Car Without Ignition Interlock
A recent and horrific bus crash in Humboldt has people wondering why so m any people die on Saskatchewan’s roads. On the search for causes, news reporters are digging into Transport Canada’s statistics and revealing some distressing numbers: Saskatchewan road fatalities are the highest in … [Read more...] about What’s Really Causing Saskatechewan’s High Road Death Rate?
We’re all lucky to be alive. Some of us press that luck, and few press it more than impaired drivers. Milton, Ontario was the scene of a major incident of luck-pressing recently. A driver smashed into a light pole, knocking it down. The pole caved in a massive area of the car, rendering it a … [Read more...] about Ontario Drunk Crash Driver “Lucky to Be Alive”
Most of the efforts against drunk driving centre around the death and injury that it causes. In Canada, that’s considerable. In fact, the percentage of road fatalities in Canada which are alcohol-related is the highest among the developed countries of the world. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control … [Read more...] about Impaired Driver Destroys Fast-Food Restaurant
A driver needs his or her eyes open every moment. That’s why sleeping at the wheel, even while stopped at an intersection, is frowned upon. Recently a driver in Puslinch, Ontario tried to catch 40 winks at a stoplight and ended up in handcuffs. Alcohol was a factor, of course. Police responded to … [Read more...] about In Ontario, When You Snooze (At the Wheel) You Lose
With legalization of cannabis imminent in Canada, impaired driving is on a lot of people’s minds. While legalization might not bring about an epidemic of stoned driving, there’s a good possibility that police will be arresting more impaired drivers once legalization day rolls around. And Alberta … [Read more...] about Alberta’s Beefed-Up Impaired Driving Laws Launch Monday
There are reasons you might get stuck driving a car through a tunnel not meant for cars. The tunnel might be poorly marked, for instance. But the Queens Quay streetcar tunnel in Toronto is marked up the wazoo, with flashing red lights, multiple signs, rumble strips, and bollards, but still people … [Read more...] about Impaired Driver Gets Stuck in Streetcar Tunnel. Because Why Not?
Police have ways of detecting impaired drivers. Some of these we all know, and some others we should learn. A motorist in Lakeshore just learned that obsessive tailgating is one of them. The motorist, who was driving on Highway 401 called the police and complained that a driver was tailgating the … [Read more...] about What Does Tailgating in Ontario Get You? A DUI Charge, Sometimes.
When you make an alcoholic drink that’s designed for kids, you’re treading on very shaky moral ground. After a 14-year-old girl died, the Québec-based company Groupe Geloso said it would no longer produce the caffeine-alcohol drink. The drink was never explicitly targeted for teens, but the … [Read more...] about Drink Maker Does the Right Thing, Axes Caffeine-Alcohol Brew.
Lots of people have opinions about the legal Canada BAC level. That level is .08 BAC (blood alcohol concentration), which indicates intoxication everywhere in the country. Some people are okay with it, some say it’s too high, and there are even those who say it’s too low. Those people think it’s … [Read more...] about Is Canada Ready for an .05 Blood Alcohol Limit?
Sometimes the best saints are indeed reformed sinners. In particular, the best advocates for sober driving are those who have been caught, punished, and have come to realize the dangers of what they did. Don McMorris, a Saskatchewan legislator who was arrested for drunk driving last August, has … [Read more...] about How to Wipe Out Drunk Driving? Ask a Legislator & Former DUI Driver.
It's the sight no driver wants to see: a car speeding towards you on the wrong side of the road. Rafael Martinez saw it a few days ago on Stoney Trail in Calgary, and his dashcam filmed it. Fortunately he had the presence of mind to veer to the right and lessen the impact of the collision. Still, … [Read more...] about Video: Wrong-Way Collision in Calgary is Scary Stuff
There are drunks who really think they're okay to drive, and perhaps some who don't care and drive anyway. But sometimes you find a drunk who knows he can't drive, and doesn't. And he gets arrested anyway. Welcome to the world of Care and Control. A Sudbury man was found unconscious at the wheel … [Read more...] about He Had the Best Intentions, But It’s Still an Ontario DUI
A pending bill in the Senate of Canada, Bill C-46, is being held up by legislators. The bill proposes new anti-impaired driving measures, which is why Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Canada is not happy about the delay. Bill C-46: Finally Tackling Cannabis Marijuana is one of the subjects … [Read more...] about MADD Canada is Mad About Delayed Impaired Driving Law
There are few things more terrifying on the road than the sight of a car coming at you in your lane. You’re often trapped, forced either to stop or veer off to avoid a collision. Other drivers can be as scared as you, and no one knows what move to make. Now, imagine a person driving that way for … [Read more...] about Drive The Wrong Way on a Highway for 18 km? She Did.
One of the reasons that drunk driving is such a persistent crime is that it’s rarely taken seriously enough by witnesses. Too many people back down when confronted with a friend who insists he or she is “okay to drive.” There are exceptions, and they can be dramatic. Recently police in Saskatoon … [Read more...] about Would You Report Your Own Son for Drunk Driving? This Man Did.
First, the facts: road crashes kill more 16 to 25-year-old Canadians than anything else. And alcohol and drugs are a factor in more than half of those crashes. Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Canada is dedicated to lowering the number of alcohol-related crashes in the country. That can’t be … [Read more...] about MADD SmartWheels is Rolling Through Ontario
The scariest thing about the potential legalization of marijuana is all of the unknowns associated with it. Will people walk around smoking weed in public places? Will everyone assume, despite public service announcements and new impaired driving laws, that it’s perfectly fine to drive after smoking … [Read more...] about Legalization Of Marijuana Could Create Significant Change On The Roads
One of the constants in the Canadian winter is snow, and the need to plow it. That’s one of the reasons that St. John’s, Newfoundland has enacted a late night parking ban on some downtown streets. But according to CBC News, at least one resident is not sure that’s a good idea: less overnight parking … [Read more...] about Will St. John’s Parking Ban Really Mean More Drunk Drivers?
There’s been a lot of talk lately about Alberta drunk driving laws, especially Bill 29. Bill 29 will ‘decriminalize’ impaired driving in Alberta, and by doing so will result in drunk driving offenders to be penalized more quickly than if they had to work their way through the court system. Bill … [Read more...] about Not Everyone Is Happy About Changes To Alberta Drunk Driving Laws
Could 2018 finally be the year Saskatchewan drunk drivers give up the top spot for crashes and arrests in Canada? That’s what some residents are hoping after the province saw several tragic crashes and an increasing amount of Saskatchewan drunk drivers arrested for alcohol and drug … [Read more...] about Is This The Year The Number Of Saskatchewan Drunk Drivers Finally Drop?
The busiest time of the year for police in Canada is the holiday season. From Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day, the amount of Canadian drunk drivers on the roads hits a high that only slows down after the holidays are over. In every province the local police will create their own campaigns to stop … [Read more...] about Police Were On Top Of Canadian Drunk Drivers This Holiday
Saskatchewan drunk drivers are on the roads in every corner of the province. With an endless network of empty highways and back roads, it's easy for someone to drink, drive, and get exactly where they need to go without seeing police or even another car along the way. That sense of isolation … [Read more...] about Saskatchewan Drunk Drivers Start Younger Than You Think
British Columbia impaired driving laws have received their fair share of criticism since they changed in 2010. People were angry about the Immediate Roadside Prohibition (IRP) program that required a vehicle impound and short license suspension if someone was caught drunk driving, and they took … [Read more...] about Ontario Looking At British Columbia Impaired Driving Law As Basis For Own