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
What’s the penalty for uttering the single word, “no?” If you’ve been asked by a police officer to provide a roadside breath test, the consequences of refusing can be grave. Recently a PEI driver was stopped under suspicion of drunk driving. Upon being asked to blow into a breathalyzer, the … [Read more...] about PEI Man Refuses to Exhale – Gets 55 Days in Jail
When people are stopped for impaired driving, they often try to evade arrest. The usual way is to concentrate hard and act sober. It doesn’t work too often, and even when it does, there’s the police breathalyzer to back up the officer’s suspicions. Recently a driver in Québec refused to accept … [Read more...] about Driver Jumps in River to Avoid Breathalyzer Test
People just don’t give up. They love a challenge, and if that challenge is something worthwhile – say, helping people risk their lives and the lives of others by drinking and driving – then they’ll work tirelessly thinking up answers. Even if those answers don’t work. And even if they're … [Read more...] about Eating Dryer Sheets & Other Ways to Beat an Ignition Interlock that Don’t Work
A justice system is a delicate thing. Keeping the balance of defendant’s rights and the public interest is a tough job with pressure that never lets up. Each case is a test of both sides’ abilities and diligence. Recently some surprising test results came in after a drunk driving case was … [Read more...] about Winnipeg Drunk Driving Case Thrown Out on a Technicality – Twice!
Breathalyzer readings are key evidence in drunk driving prosecutions. For that reason, attacking the accuracy of the machines is a time-honored method of evading a DUI conviction. But the Court of Appeal for Ontario thought a defendant went too far by bogging down the court in paperwork and … [Read more...] about Ontario Judge Closes Season on DUI Breathalyzer Fishing Expeditions
Want a wealth of misinformation on any topic? Just do an Internet search, and you’ll find it. The problem isn’t that people set out to convey false information – it’s that outdated, wrong information never goes away. Consider the statement, “If you are diabetic, your breath could register as a … [Read more...] about Using an Ignition Interlock with Diabetes – Beware of Misinformation
There are a lot of feelings you could have when you’re about to appear in court and be sentenced for impaired driving: fear, apprehension, and extreme stress come to mind, but that’s not how one man in Saskatoon felt at his hearing, at least not at first. Kirby Thomas was arrested for impaired … [Read more...] about Impaired Driving? Go Directly To Jail
McDonald's is one of those places that really come to life late at night. The local bars and nightclubs let out at 1 or 2 am, and hungry people stream into the restaurant and drive-thru looking for greasy food made hot and fast. But for one man in Marystown, Newfoundland, a trip through the … [Read more...] about McDonald’s With A Side Order Of Impaired Driving?
Will it be a case of too little, too late, or is it an obligation that an out-going Minister of Justice feels he needs to fulfill? Current Justice Minister Peter MacKay has introduced the Dangerous And Impaired Driving Act, but Canadians shouldn’t get their hopes up that the Act will become law in … [Read more...] about Will Ottawa Pass The Dangerous And Impaired Driving Act?
If you’ve used a breathalyzer in a bar before heading home after a night of drinking, you know what it’s like to pop a toonie in the machine and hope for the best blood alcohol reading possible. In addition to providing breath samples, these machines advertise that they’re raising funds for charity. … [Read more...] about Hey Saint Johns, Beware Of The In-Bar Breathalyzer
The Province of Ontario passed unanimous legislation to update its Highway Traffic Act, and with the passing comes increased penalties for distracted driving and drugged or impaired driving, plus new changes in how drivers are to deal with pedestrians and cyclists. First among the updates are … [Read more...] about Ontario Makes Changes To Drug Impaired Driving Penalties
If you’ve never been stopped under suspicion of drunk driving – or even if you have – you might wonder if you have the right to refuse a breathalyzer test. The simple answer is no. Though you won’t be physically forced to submit a breath sample if you refuse to give one, it is an offence under … [Read more...] about Can I Refuse a Breath Test in Ontario?
Prom and graduation season are almost here again, and along with the exciting preparation comes the need to put together an action plan so everyone who attends can stay safe while having a good time. For some schools, part of that action plan has been to utilize breathalyzer devices at the door of … [Read more...] about Two Teens Take Exception To Breathalyzer For Underage Drinking
Breathalyzers are vital technology in the battle against drunk driving. Law enforcement personnel use them; the ignition interlock is also based on breathalyzer technology. An ignition interlock, or car breathalyzer, prevents a vehicle from starting if the driver has been drinking. The past few … [Read more...] about Can I Trust A Personal Breathalyzer?
If the number of impaired drivers being reported to 911 is any indication, people in Ontario are sick and tired of drivers getting behind the wheel after drinking. The holidays saw a big increase in calls regarding suspected drunk drivers, and put together with the province’s R.I.D.E spot check … [Read more...] about More Impaired Drivers Busted In 2014 By
In Canada, the fight against drunk driving has been going on for decades. Although there were provincial anti-drinking and driving groups in the early 1980’s, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Canada was formed in 1989 with the goal of supporting victims and educating the public on the dangers of … [Read more...] about MADD’s Classic Glasses PSA Gets Rewound
The sight of an RCMP officer can make you feel a little nervy, even when you haven’t done anything wrong. But for children, the sight of an RCMP officer can bring awe and joy, especially during the holiday season. Kids who live in the remote areas of northern Manitoba don’t often see what people … [Read more...] about Happy Children Embrace RCMP Officers When Toys Of The North Stops By
If you’ve ever been on the receiving end of a breathalyzer test, you’ve probably wondered if there is any room for error. Especially if you blow over the legal limit of .08, your fleeting hope may be that it was a false reading and that the arresting office has no idea what he’s doing when he’s … [Read more...] about Journalist Drinks On The Job To Help Police Test Breathalyzer
Imagine you’re driving along, minding your own business, and you see police lights flashing in your rear view mirror. If you’re just coming home from work or school and haven’t been speeding, it’s probably not a big deal to be stopped by the police. But if you’ve been drinking? Those lights in your … [Read more...] about An Ignition Interlock Could Be In Your Future If You Refuse A Breathalyzer
Since Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) formed in 1980, they’ve supported victims of drunk drivers and fought to change driving under the influence (DUI) laws. With the MADD USA’s Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving, they’ve worked with lawmakers to require ignition interlock devices for all DUI … [Read more...] about MADD Says Ignition Interlock Devices And New Laws Decreasing Impaired Driving Deaths
With the recent legalization of marijuana in parts of the USA and a growing population in Canada who use it on a daily basis, drugged driving is a growing problem. Although police grade breathalyzers will test for blood alcohol concentration, there is currently no simple test for those who drive … [Read more...] about Police Know How To Find Out If You’ve Been Drugged Driving
It starts with a news item: a drunk driver causes injury on a highway in Manitoba. Or a man in Ontario faces his fifth DUI conviction. Then come the reactions: “Take away his license!” “Permanent revocation.” “She should never drive again!” Usually a suspension does follow. And then, before … [Read more...] about Ignition Interlocks Are Vital Because License Suspensions Don’t Work
Impaired driving and ignition interlock laws in Saskatchewan just went through a drastic change. As of June 27th, 2014, impaired drivers of all ages and blood alcohol concentrations (BAC) are subject to stricter enforcement and ignition interlock policies. The changes for impaired driving and … [Read more...] about Ignition Interlock And Impaired Driving Laws in Saskatchewan
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
If police pull you over and suspect you of drinking and driving, they’re going to want to do a few tests to make sure you’re over the legal limit of .08. You may be asked to do field sobriety tests like walk a straight line, recite the alphabet backwards or forwards, or even put your finger to your … [Read more...] about How Do Breathalyzers Work?
Because alcohol affects everyone differently, you can’t predict how much you’ll have to drink before you’re too drunk to drive. No matter who you are, the best guideline to follow is to not drive after drinking, period. There will always be naysayers who think they’re not ‘that drunk’ and they’re … [Read more...] about No Excuses For Driving Drunk When You Have A Personal Breathalyzer