New Brunswick’s Traffic Services Unit are none too happy with the increasing number of DUI arrests in their province. 523 people have been charged with impaired driving so far this year. And while that’s a slight improvement over last year, one has to consider that last year saw a 35 per cent rise … [Read more...] about Are rising DUI statistics a good thing?
Saskatchewan has been cracking down on drinking drivers, and if one man’s conviction record is any indication, it’s definitely time things change in the province. Kenneth Obey has been charged with impaired driving 19 times, and although he’s currently serving 3 ½ years in prison and is banned … [Read more...] about Repeat Offender’s 19 Impaired Driving Convictions Proves Need For Ignition Interlock
Police in Saskatchewan have their work cut out for them, and they appear to be up to the job. New, stricter traffic laws went into effect in July. In that month alone 1300 penalties were levied. That includes 515 suspensions for impaired driving. The remaining penalties were vehicle seizures for … [Read more...] about Saskatchewan’s Strict DUI Laws Take Hundreds Of Impaired Drivers Off The Road
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
A physician’s account of his brush with a drunk driver raises an important issue: when does public safety trump privacy rights? Brett Belchetz, a physician in Toronto, treated a woman for minor injuries as a result of a car crash. As he describes it in the Toronto Sun, his examination showed that … [Read more...] about Patient Confidentiality: Should It
Keep a Drunk Driver on the Road?
For people who have lost someone to a drinking and driving crash, there will always be memories of that person surrounding them every single day. Unless you’ve lost someone in a crash too, the reminder to not drink and drive may not be as concrete in your mind as it would be for him or her. That’s … [Read more...] about MADD’s Headstone Benches A Vivid Reminder On Dangers of Drinking And Driving
A drunk driving conviction is bad enough on its own anywhere in Canada. Fines, imprisonment, suspension, and mandatory ignition interlocks can be part of what an offender faces in the weeks and months following a conviction. But the troubles don't go away even after the fines are paid and the … [Read more...] about 5 Ways a DUI Conviction Will Haunt You In Canada
If you’ve been drinking and you see the police lights flashing at a road check or you’re in the process of being pulled over for impaired driving, it’s tempting to want to flee the scene any way you can. Driving under the influence (DUI) or impaired driving in Canada comes with stiff penalties … [Read more...] about Facing An Impaired Driving Charge? Don’t Use The Police Cruiser As A Getaway Car
Stringent new drunk driving laws have been whittling away at road death numbers in British Columbia. As we have noted, a 2010 law lowered the permissible blood alcohol concentration (BAC) limit for drivers from .08 to .05 percent. The province also imposed tougher penalties on those convicted of DUI … [Read more...] about Victim’s Family: British Columbia’s
Tough DUI Laws Not Tough Enough
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
Not everyone in British Columbia welcomed new laws imposing harsher penalties for drunk drivers when they took effect four years ago. But it turns out that B.C. roads are apparently safer because of them. Back in 2010 an amendment to the Motor Vehicle Act lowered the permissible blood alcohol … [Read more...] about Controversial B.C. Drunk Driving Laws
Cut Deaths by Half
E-bikes are becoming popular in Canada, and in times of mild weather like summer, spring, and fall, you’ll see e-bikes on roads, park paths, and even cruising up mountainsides. Commuters use them to save on gas or just as a fun vehicle to ride with friends. Although an e-bike might look like a … [Read more...] about Yes, you can be charged with impaired driving on an e-bike
Since energy drinks hit the beverage market in recent years, there’s been a hot debate on how safe they are to drink. Loaded with caffeine, on their own they can cause heart palpitations, severe headaches, and insomnia. And when they’re paired with alcohol? They can result in a state known as … [Read more...] about Wide-Awake Drunk In Canada Thanks To Energy Drinks And Alcohol
It’s time to talk about drinking hours, says Alberta’s solicitor general Jonathan Denis. In particular, it’s time to ease the restrictions. Currently bars close at 2 a.m. in the province. If Jonathan Denis were to have his way, bars would close at 3 or 4 a.m. What would be the effects of … [Read more...] about Will Longer Bar Hours In Alberta
Mean More Drunk Drivers, or Fewer?
Do you want to add a beer to your bucket of Kentucky Fried Chicken? If KFC has any say in it, you’ll have the option to order your favourite chicken drumsticks, salads, and add a beer on the side. As strange as that may sound to most of us who have driven through and picked up an occasional … [Read more...] about Could Drinking And Driving Be Promoted By Chicken Drumsticks?
The beer started flowing at 8:00 a.m. at this year’s Calgary Stampede. One would think that, by end of the ten-day event, the jails would be full of drunk-driving offenders. In fact, impaired driving arrests were down this year. 74 people were charged, down from 90 the previous year. … [Read more...] about Despite Early Drinking, No Stampede
Of DUIs in Calgary This Year
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?
The Calgary Stampede is the biggest yearly event in Alberta, and with it comes the chance to don your cowboy apparel and enjoy a bit of authentic Alberta fun. But the event also comes with the worry that the down home partying going on at the fair grounds will kick off a period of increased drunk … [Read more...] about It Might Have Been The Drunk Suit – Arrests Down For Drunk Driving In Calgary
We've heard from Quebec before. The CBC filmed an excellent PSA on the dangers of drowsy driving. Now, from the Quebec Automobile Insurance Corporation comes this excellent and imaginative warning about the consequences of drunk driving. Quebec in particular among Canada's provinces, seems … [Read more...] about From Quebec: Another Excellent
Anti-Drunk Driving PSA
Hitting the water on your boat this weekend? Getting a little sun and fun is what Canadian weekends are all about, but staying safe doesn’t have to ruin your good time. All you need to do is bring your life jacket or personal flotation device along and leave your alcohol safely at home. Ontario … [Read more...] about Leave The Booze At Home And Avoid A Drinking And Boating Charge
If you take a look at driving under the influence laws (DUI) across Canada, you’ll find Ontario has some of the toughest on record. You can receive stiff penalties even if you’re just in the ‘warn range’ of .05 to .08, but if you’re charged with driving under the influence over .08? The penalties … [Read more...] about 5 Reasons You Don’t Want A DUI In Ontario
Tim Hortons has always been just coffee and donuts. A Canadian institution, the chain is responsible for teaching people about the wonders of the ‘Double-Double’ and has focused on their current clientele of farmers, hockey buffs, soccer moms, and small town folks. In short, the chain is about the … [Read more...] about Will Tim Hortons’ Coffee Flavored Beer Encourage Drinking And Driving?
There are a lot of different terms that are used when referring to drinking and driving. Canada has adopted the blanket term Impaired Driving. Once you’re stopped on suspicion of impaired driving, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) may ask you to submit to a breathalyzer test in order to … [Read more...] about No Matter What You Call It, Impaired Driving Is A Bad Idea
Pop star, Canadian icon, and drunk driver? During the height of his fame, no one would have predicted Justin Beiber would join the legions of people who choose to drive while intoxicated (DWI), but after his arrest in January he was booked on suspicion of driving under the influence (DUI), resisting … [Read more...] about What’s Next For Justin Beiber After DUI Arrest?
You might have heard of DUI – driving under the influence and DWI – driving while impaired, but have you heard of ‘care and control?’ According to DWI Laws in Ontario, if you’re intoxicated while in the driver’s seat of a vehicle, even if you’re just sitting while you sober up from drinking, you are … [Read more...] about Ignition Interlock And DWI Laws In Ontario
If you’re driving along and suddenly there are lights flashing in your rear-view mirror, you probably aren’t thinking that the officer is only pulling you over to bring you coffee or a slice of pizza, but that’s exactly what’s happening to some great drivers in Nova Scotia, and the RCMP are giving … [Read more...] about Nova Scotia RCMP Says Thanks With Driver Rewards Program
In Alberta, a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level of just .05 could result in a three-day forfeiture of your vehicle. This tough legislation has been on the books since 2012, but the Wildrose party wants to change it. While criminal penalties in provinces across Canada only apply if a … [Read more...] about Have Canada’s DUI Laws Gone Too Far?
The Wildrose Party Thinks So.
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