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
Make no mistake: ride sharing in British Columbia is something that's much-needed. While other cities like Toronto enjoy the easy access to cars and drivers the way other cities in the United States do, Vancouver and the rest of British Columbia have been left out in the cold by pushback from the … [Read more...] about Will Ride Sharing In British Columbia Ever Happen?
When you've caused an impaired driving crash, saying sorry to your victims just isn’t enough. That’s because when you drive drunk you’ve made a decision to get behind the wheel with your driving abilities impaired, and you need to accept the consequences that come along with that. A man who just … [Read more...] about Man Kills RCMP Officer, Gets Four Years For His Impaired Driving Crash
Since British Columbia impaired driving laws changed to give police more authority during roadside stops, there have been numerous challenges to those laws. People have taken cases dealing with the Immediate Roadside Prohibition (IRP) program to the courts, and there have also been numerous cases … [Read more...] about British Columbia Impaired Driving Laws Challenged Again
Anyone who lives in British Columbia or stays in the know about impaired driving laws will have heard of the controversial Immediate Roadside Prohibition (IRP) program. Brought in back in 2010, the program allows police to screen and enforce impaired driving penalties on any driver who is driving or … [Read more...] about BC May Amend Impaired Driving Laws To Include IRP For Drugs
Road Safety Week has come and gone, but the video created by Abbotsford police to highlight the week and impaired driving deaths will live on, if only because it’s incredibly shocking and what it portrays happens all too frequently. The video shows a drunk and speeding driver. Considering the … [Read more...] about This Scary Drunk Driving Video Courtesy Of Abbotsford Police For Road Safety Week
It’s easy to become desensitized to stories about drunk driving crashes you see on TV or read about on the news. They happen too frequently for people to be surprised when someone else makes the choice to drink and drive again, although each and every crash is unique in that someone’s loved one gets … [Read more...] about Two Drunk Driving Crashes, Same Spot, Six Years Apart
One of the biggest comments from anti-drunk driving advocates in Canada is that the jail sentences for drunk drivers who kill aren't long enough. Although you occasionally see an offender receive a sentence of ten years, as in the case of Marco Muzzo of Ontario or the Saskatchewan offender who … [Read more...] about Jail Sentence For Drunk Drivers Sends Message In Pemberton
You don’t see a lot of news articles on social host laws in Canada, and that’s because bars, nightclubs, and restaurants take special care to ensure their customers drink responsibly and find an appropriate ride home if it appears it’s needed. By taking these steps and watching over their customers, … [Read more...] about Social Host Laws In Canada Front And Center After BC Ruling
The Sea to Sky highway in Vancouver is well known for its treacherous turns and high altitudes. The only way it could be even more dangerous is if someone were driving drunk on it. That’s what happened near Pemberton back in 2015. Now, after several years of waiting for justice, the friends and … [Read more...] about Drunk Driver Pleads Guilty For Pemberton Crash That Killed 3
Drunk driving technology has come a long way since the days of the Drunk-o-meter and the first breathalyzers on the market. Ignition interlocks now lead the way in disabling the vehicles of would-be drunk drivers every day, and researchers at Simon Fraser University (SFU) in Vancouver, British … [Read more...] about Will Ophthalight Help Convict Drug-Impaired Drivers?
Canada is a massive country, although it might not seem that way given that there are only 10 provinces and 3 territories filling the 9,984,670 sq. km. However far they are spaced out, these provinces and territories crack down on drunk drivers using both the Criminal Code of Canada and independent … [Read more...] about How Does The British Columbia Ignition Interlock Program Work?
Not long ago it was noted that summer in British Columbia is a dicey time to be on the road. More vehicles, more young drivers, and in particular, more drunk drivers make July and August prime time for collisions. The police are aware of that, and the province’s largest city is in the process of … [Read more...] about Attention Vancouver Drunk Drivers – Cologne Won’t Cut It at Roadchecks
If you need a designated driver, asking a friend to be your sober ride is always the right thing to do. If you can’t find a friend, it’s simple: you call in a cab. Unfortunately for two women in a suburb of Vancouver, BC, calling a taxi turned out to be the wrong choice. Turns out, the cab driver … [Read more...] about This Cabbie Wasn’t The Best Choice Of Designated Driver
No one likes to put a damper on summer. Few things in life are as welcome as the season of sun and fun. But the season invariably comes with a warning: summer is the most dangerous time to be on British Columbia roads. The ICBC warns that almost half of all the province’s impaired driving deaths … [Read more...] about Summer Driving in B.C. Can Be Deadly
British Columbia impaired driving laws might seem strict to some people. The province has Immediate Roadside Prohibitions (IRP) for anyone stopped with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) over .05, you can have your vehicle towed away if you’ve been drinking and driving, you’ll have to install an … [Read more...] about Community Helps Stop British Columbia Impaired Driving
Back in 2011 when the provincial government brought in new BC impaired driving laws, people expressed serious doubt as to whether or not they were even necessary, whether they’d work, and whether a first offender deserved harsh penalties like immediate roadside suspensions (IRP). Like them or hate … [Read more...] about Decline Shows BC Impaired Driving Laws Are Working
What happens after the police arrive at a crash scene in British Columbia? If one or more of the people involved are suspected of drunk driving, police will require those people to submit to a breathalyzer test to determine the cause of the crash. But what if police suspect the crash cause was … [Read more...] about Textalyzer Will Make You Put Down That Phone
On paper, Christmas would look like the season when people are more likely to spend a night binge drinking. There are office parties, holiday parties, and the required spiked egg nog before you turn in on Christmas Eve. Yes, that is a lot of drinking, but it’s actually summer and graduation that … [Read more...] about Welcome To Teen Binge Drinking Season
It’s tempting to laugh when you hear about someone getting arrested for drunk driving on a golf cart. You’d probably wonder what the level of risk would be on such a slow moving vehicle, and think it’s crazy that someone could receive the same penalties for an arrest on a golf cart as they would if … [Read more...] about If You Drive Impaired In Any Vehicle, You’ll Pay The Price
Surrey, British Columbia is well known as a spot where you’re at serious risk of having your car stolen if you leave it somewhere unattended, and if you hear about a drive-by shooting on the news in British Columbia and you guessed it happened in Surrey, you’d may be right. The crime in the city has … [Read more...] about Surrey Motorists Group Up To Stop A Suspected Drunk Driver
British Columbia (BC) has been a popular topic in the news over the past few years, and it’s all thanks to some of the harshest impaired driving laws in the entire country. There has been everything from an internal report from ICBC giving their opinion on how BC impaired driving laws are working to … [Read more...] about People Fighting BC Impaired Driving Laws Should Take a Look at Abbotsford
The Nanaimo RCMP want you to know that eating a sandwich cannot make you intoxicated. If that sounds like a pretty silly public service announcement, you’ve probably never been stopped by police for suspected drunk driving in BC and tried to blame your sandwich for how drunk you were. That’s … [Read more...] about Drunk Driving In BC? Don’t Blame Your Sandwich
In you live in central British Columbia, you probably love snow. All you have to do is drive through the Rocky Mountains and you’ll find small cities packed with snow, ski resorts, and people who love to play in it. Kimberley, located in the interior of BC near Cranbrook, is no exception to that … [Read more...] about Busted For Impaired Driving Because Of Tracks Left In Snow
There’s no denying that some of the harshest impaired driving laws in Canada are in British Columbia. Ever since the province brought in immediate roadside suspensions, also known as Immediate Roadside Prohibitions (IRP), there has been a hot debate over whether they’re too strict or even working to … [Read more...] about Do BC Impaired Driving Laws Really Stop Offenders?
The British Columbia Immediate Roadside Prohibition (IRP) program has been a hot topic since it was first brought in back in 2010, and after changes and challenges, the debate over whether it’s too harsh or effective is still going strong. The law, requiring anyone who registers in the warn range … [Read more...] about ICBC Isn’t Sure About British Columbia Immediate Roadside Prohibition
British Columbia lawmakers caught a lot of flack for strengthening their impaired driving laws. Out of all the procedures and penalties that changed the Immediate Roadside Suspension (IRS), a law that requires a driver to lose his or her license for 3 days and have their vehicle towed has received a … [Read more...] about Fewer Drivers Charged With BC Immediate Roadside Suspension
When you’re charged with impaired driving, you'll follow a certain legal process. It begins with your arrest at a checkpoint or when you’re pulled over by police, continues when you receive your immediate roadside suspension and have your vehicle towed, and keeps going when you’re given a court … [Read more...] about He Was Charged With Impaired Driving And It Changed Everything
One of the reasons why people say they drink and drive is because they don’t believe they’ll be stopped and arrested for impaired driving. After all, they are only driving home, and home isn’t that far away. Whether it’s 5 minutes away or a ½ hour, the problems begin because you're drunk and you … [Read more...] about Husband And Wife Arrested For Impaired Driving At The Same Time
December 4th was National Impaired Driving Enforcement Day across Canada, and RCMP detachments took part by getting out on the highways and roads to let the public know that they are there to stop them from drinking and driving. Police also used the day as an opportunity to let the public know … [Read more...] about There’s No Good Excuse For Drinking And Driving