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?
The legal blood alcohol limit in Canada is .08, and that’s the standard the country has followed since 1969 when Parliament created the “over 80” charge for impaired driving. Now, almost 50 years later, the country is mulling over the possibility of passing the much lower limit of .05. There are … [Read more...] about Will Canada Lower The Legal Blood Alcohol Limit?
Canada’s jails are full of people who “only had a couple of drinks” before driving home. Yet the breathalyzers, the sobriety tests, the blood tests all told a different story: the drivers were intoxicated and in no shape to operate a vehicle. Did the drivers get it wrong? Or did they know they … [Read more...] about You’ve Had a Drink or Two. When Can You Drive?
A recent survey by Ipsos on behalf of Global News raised a lot of eye brows when it comes to Canadian thoughts on drinking and driving. One quarter of Canadians surveyed admitted they drank too much before driving, and almost half of the youngest group polled thought it was perfectly fine to drink … [Read more...] about Canadians Think .08 Is Too Low For Drinking And Driving? Think Again.
Over the past few months there have been some interesting impaired driving poll results coming out of Alberta and Saskatchewan, so it's no surprise that a few people got together and decided it was time to see how all Canadians feel about impaired driving. The results might surprise you. That's … [Read more...] about One In Four Canadians Admit To Impaired Driving And Other Revelations
Boxing day is one of those days that seems to mean different things to different people. Officially the day after Christmas is a state holiday in Canada, and if you look to the U.K you’ll see that it’s traditionally a day that employers give their staff Christmas presents to celebrate the … [Read more...] about Boxing Day Is Known For More Than Just Shopping
It’s a familiar scene – a man or woman, obviously three sheets to the wind, saying, “I’m fine, leave me alone, I can do this.” What they think they can do is walk to the door, pour another beer – or drive home. That’s the frightening paradox of alcohol: the very thing that makes you unable to drive … [Read more...] about Do You Really Know How Drunk You Are?
Everyone once in awhile you hear of an anti-drunk driving campaign that you really remember. Attention getting campaigns like prisoners appearing in bar bathroom mirrors or over-the-top slogans on coasters all manage to stay in your thoughts long after you’ve seen them, and that might be why people … [Read more...] about Lick A Card, See If You’re Drunk? Uber Russia Is Giving It A Try
Binge drinking is one of those things you might pass off a college phase or something underage drinkers do when they get their hands on alcohol. But according to a recent study in the journal Chest, there are a lot of people over the age of 21 who are no where near college age and are binge … [Read more...] about Binge Drinking Can Affect Your Breathing Too
When you’re stopped for suspected impaired driving and you’re asked to provide a breathalyzer sample, you’re probably more worried about what your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) will be if you’ve been drinking than what type of impaired driving charge you could receive if you’re arrested. Not … [Read more...] about Over 80 Vs Impaired Driving: Which Charge Applies To You?
Blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is a hot topic where drunk driving is concerned. It takes a certain level to get you arrested (usually), and another level to raise the charges to more serious ones. Patrol officers give preliminary breath tests, police give more accurate ones at the station, and … [Read more...] about Can My Blood Alcohol Level Go Up Even After I’m Arrested?
In Lévis a public transit bus was pulled over after a rider made a 911 call. The police arrested the driver, who had been showing erratic behaviour. Like all provinces, Québec has rules about what amount of alcohol can be tolerated in a driver without bringing on a DUI charge. In most provinces … [Read more...] about Lévis Bus Driver Arrested for Drunk Driving
People who drink and drive make the choice to do so for different reasons. They might just want to have a hassle free ride home after a night out, or they don’t want to leave their vehicle parked in an empty parking lot overnight in case it gets vandalized or towed away. But no matter what the … [Read more...] about 9 Year Old Calls His Mom In For Drunk Driving
Is Ontario doing enough to discourage drunk driving? MADD doesn’t think so. When Transportation Minister Steven Del Duca addressed the legislature not long ago, he made the point that the province already has tough laws against drunk driving. Ontario's permissible blood alcohol concentration … [Read more...] about MADD: Impounding DUI Vehicles, Not Zero Tolerance, Will Save Ontario Lives
Many drinkers go their whole lives without thinking much about blood alcohol concentration (BAC). They have a drink now and then, and when they feel they’ve sobered up enough to make it home without an accident, they drive. Are they truly sober enough to get behind the wheel? Maybe. Others … [Read more...] about Why is the Legal Blood Alcohol Limit so Ridiculously Low?
One of the reasons why people choose to drive impaired is because they’ve bought into impaired driving myths or rumors. Maybe they heard from a friend who heard from someone else that they should refuse to give a breath sample and they’ll never be charged with impaired driving. Or, that they can … [Read more...] about Do You Know These Impaired Driving Myths?
Binge drinking is a popular pastime in Canada, and it’s become all too easy for people to tip back drink and after drink. With the energy drink/cocktail mixes and trendy craft beer, having ‘just one more’ can turn into drinking a lot of alcohol in one sitting. But binge drinking is dangerous for … [Read more...] about Do You Know The Signs Of Alcohol Poisoning?
When you have an ignition interlock installed in your vehicle, you should be told that the only cure for the effects of alcohol is time. Food, coffee, cold showers and fresh air won’t help anyone sober up. Only time can remove alcohol from the system. If you’ve been drinking, wait a certain number … [Read more...] about Why Did I Fail My Ignition Interlock Breath Test This Morning — After Drinking Last Night?
How many people head out into the back country for a little motocross or ATVing on the weekends? In the summer, it’s a right of passage for outdoor enthusiasts to load up their bikes and quads and spend some time ripping up the dirt, and it’s all good fun until someone gets hurt. According to the … [Read more...] about ATV Riders Are Impaired Riders In Alberta
In other countries it’s called driving under the influence (DUI) or driving while intoxicated (DWI), but the Criminal Code of Canada uses the simple term impaired driving to describe the act of operating or having care and control of a vehicle after drinking alcohol or doing drugs. Impaired … [Read more...] about A Quick History Of Impaired Driving In Canada
If you’ve ever read a news article that said a drunk driver was double or triple the legal limit and wondered exactly what that meant, you’re not alone. Although the legal blood alcohol concentration (BAC) before you can be arrested for drunk driving is .08 in all provinces of Canada, there’s a huge … [Read more...] about The Ins And Outs of Blood Alcohol Concentration
Every province in Canada uses the same legal standard for intoxication. You're judged intoxicated if you're caught driving with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 percent or more. At that level you can be prosecuted for DUI. Ontario has a second standard, all its own. In that province you … [Read more...] about DUI in Ontario: What is the blood alcohol Warn Range?
Most drivers in Canada are acquainted with the .08 BAC number. If you are arrested while driving with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or above in any province, you’ve violated a criminal code. At .08 you are legally drunk, and by any measure unfit and unable to operate a vehicle. Driving … [Read more...] about How Drunk is .05? Just Drunk Enough for Licence Suspension
Drinking, driving, and gaming? It might sound strange, but when a few gamers wanted to test out their performance behind the virtual wheel of a video game recently, they learned how difficult it is to drink and drive any vehicle, even one in a game. It was a test straight out of an episode of … [Read more...] about Breathalyzer Shows Drinking And Gaming Don’t Mix
Anyone who grew up in the 70’s, 80’s, and even 90’s in Canada will tell you that getting a drivers license was easy. You took a quick learner’s test at age 14 or 15, did a road test with an instructor from the local Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), and viola, you have a license. Times have … [Read more...] about Get The 411 On Graduated Licensing