Another Halloween has come and gone. While you still might be working your way through a bag of miniature chocolate bars and contemplating how you’ll work off the five pounds you just put on from candy, others are currently working through something much more difficult: a Halloween impaired driving … [Read more...] about It’s A Real Live Horror Story When You’re Charged With Impaired Driving
A man was found asleep at the wheel, blocking traffic at an intersection in Scarborough recently. You might think the proper response would be, “Hey buddy, wake up! Get going!” But instead, it was licence suspension, a fine, and an ignition interlock (a car breathalyzer device which prevents a … [Read more...] about Ontario Man Asleep at the Wheel. A Crime? Yup.
A few years ago, you might have had a hard time convincing someone from Saskatchewan that the province has a drunk driving problem. To this day, despite the harsh drunk driving penalties the province has passed and despite ignition interlocks for all offenders, some people are still in denial. A … [Read more...] about They Really Start Drunk Driving Young In Saskatchewan
A driving instructor says that extreme speeders should have their licenses taken away. According to CBC News, Jim Brazil of Safety Services NL said that fines and demerit points were not enough to deter “extereme” speeders, such as one who was recently arrested near St. John’s going 176 km/h. And … [Read more...] about Treat NL Speeders Like Drunk Drivers? Then Don’t Suspend Them.
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?
Yukon has a drinking problem. Worse, it has a drunk driving problem, and according to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), the territory has fallen behind other regions of Canada in terms of impaired driving laws. Following a report by a professor at Western University in London, Ontario – a … [Read more...] about MADD to Yukon Candidates: Get Tougher on Drunk Driving
One of the worst parts of a drunk driving conviction, at least in a case where the drunk driver didn’t injure or kill someone, is the fine or financial penalty. A bill for thousands of dollars can be a bitter pill to swallow. For a drunk driver in Saskatoon, it’s not just the fines that are going … [Read more...] about That Drunk Driving Conviction Can Really Cost You
Some road safety causes, the effort to end drunk driving among them, have been going on for decades, even generations. But one is fairly recent, and it concerns words rather than deeds. In a number of countries around the world there is a push to drop the word “accident” when talking about road … [Read more...] about A Drunk Driving Crash is No “Accident.” Don’t Call It One.
It’s a horror that we rarely think about: giving a party, encouraging our guests to enjoy themselves, and then watching one of them get into a car and drive, even though they shouldn’t be behind the wheel in their condition. Yet it happens often in Canada, sometimes with lethal consequences. And … [Read more...] about The Social Host: Is Your Guests’ Drunk Driving Your Responsibility in Canada?
When you see someone in the car in front of you swerving back and forth on the road, do you automatically think that person is driving impaired? A lot of people don't. Even if that person is slamming on the brakes erratically, almost hitting other cars or objects on the road, or speeding, some … [Read more...] about Spot Someone Like This? There’s A Good Chance They’re Driving Impaired
If you drink and drive, you’re in danger of running someone over. That’s what we’ve always been told. One man in Scugog Township, Ontario managed the most difficult of maneuvers, one that's rare even in the annals of drunk driving. He ran himself over. A 25-year-old man was backing out of his … [Read more...] about Ontario Man Runs Himself Over, Gets DUI. Draw Your Own Conclusions
Unless you’ve been charged with drunk driving or you’ve been affected by a drunk driver in some way, you’ll probably never experience a drunk driving trial or sentencing. That’s a good thing, because it can go one of two ways: the offender decides to plead guilty and skip the trial to go straight to … [Read more...] about Wondering What Happens At A Drunk Driving Trial?
One of the most frustrating things for a family after they’ve lost someone to a drunk driving crash must be the quest for justice. If the person who’s killed a loved one is officially charged with impaired driving and they head to trail or sentencing, all you can do is wait to hear what the judge or … [Read more...] about Neville-Lake Suing Muzzo Over Impaired Driving Deaths
Police have all kinds of ways to detect if a driver is impaired. Some are subtle – if a driver is over-friendly or over chatty, for example, or if he or she drives with the windows open on a cold day. Some are more obvious – hitting a curb or wandering over the centre line. Then there are the … [Read more...] about DUI Suspect Gave Cop His Costco Card Instead of His Licence
Hockey has its traditions. Throwing hats after a hat trick. Tapping a goalie’s pads before a game. Fighting. But there’s one tradition that is going to end in Stephenville, says the commissioner of the Stephenville Dome in Stephenville, Newfoundland: post-game drinking and driving. According to … [Read more...] about Post-Game Drinking and Driving: Stephenville Dome Says, “No Thanks!”
What type of commercial establishment attracts the most drunk drivers? It’s fair to say that bars, restaurants, and liquor stores are in some way associated with DUIs, but do they attract them? Or are they more likely to produce them? The answer we’re looking for is fast-food restaurants. A … [Read more...] about Want Cuffs With That? Another DUI at McDonald’s
The leaves are falling and the lawn mowers are slowly being packed up and put away. If the Farmer’s Almanac is right this year, not long from now Canadians will experience that familiar fall dip in temperatures, and when that happens people turn from sun worshiping at the lake to gearing up and … [Read more...] about Winter Is On The Way, And So Is Winter Drunk Driving
There’s a reason why a wide array of vehicles seems to be involved in drunk driving arrests. Once your judgment is impaired by alcohol, you’re likely to be less choosy about what type of conveyance you jump in. In the past we’ve covered DUIs that involve a: Backhoe Bulldozer Tractor … [Read more...] about Drunk Driver Steals Carpet Cleaning Van: Criminal Charges Pile Up.
Having a Smart Car doesn’t make you smart, apparently. A 25-year-old man was arrested in Winnipeg for speeding in a Smart Car through a campground while drunk. Worse, when campers confronted the driver about his reckless behaviour, he swore at them. The presence of a Smart Car is an excuse to … [Read more...] about Smart Car, Dumb Move: DUI Race Through Manitoba Campground
Ontario, you’ve got some explaining to do. After a busy summer where police were hopping trying to keep up with the impaired drivers in hot spots like Toronto, a few people in the province decided to end the season on a low note by starring in their own crazy impaired driving story. Impaired … [Read more...] about Impaired Driving Ends Ontario Summer With A Bang
Drunk drivers are often out of place on the road. Sometimes they’re in the opposing lane, or over the curb. Some, though, are really out of place. Recently RCMP picked up a man on Highway 1A, west of Calgary for drunk driving. He was comparatively easy to spot: the road had been closed off for … [Read more...] about Calgary Drunk Driver Arrested For Not Being a Bicyclist
A drunk driving crash isn't always broadcast on the news, but when they are it’s hard not to have a reaction to them. It's difficult to reconcile how someone died or was severely injured because someone else made the decision to get behind the wheel while drunk. Any crash you hear about has the … [Read more...] about Underage Driver In Drunk Driving Crash Ends Up At Bottom Of Cliff
It started when James Williams changed his mind. He was driving in a right-turn-only lane in Lethbridge when he suddenly decided that a right turn was a bad idea. So he hopped into the left lane, cutting off the car in that lane. Dangerous driving in front of a cop car. Strike one. When the … [Read more...] about Cutting Off a Police Car. In a Stolen Car. While Drunk.
One out of 5 Saskatchewan residents appear to be deluded about the dangers of drunk driving. A recent Mainstreet/Postmedia survey asked people from that province if they agreed with the statement, “Driving under the influence is OK if you are travelling a short distance on quiet roads.” It might … [Read more...] about 1 in 5 Saskatchewan Drivers is Clueless About DUI
If you’ve ever been on your way to work one morning and drove up to a checkpoint where police were stopping drunk drivers, you’ve probably wondered why they’d set up early in the morning instead of late at night. Turns out, early morning checkpoints are a great way to catch drunk drivers, and it’s … [Read more...] about Binge Drinking Makes It Too Easy To Drink Lethal Alcohol Amounts
It’s back to school time again and although most parents will rejoice at the thought of kids back in class, for parents of university age teens, it can be the start of a time of great stress. It happens within a blink of an eye too: your child grows up right before your eyes and before you know … [Read more...] about Ignition Interlock Your Teen Before They Go Back To School
Drivers bump into things. That includes sober drivers. But here’s the difference: when sober drivers bump into something, they tend to stop. If the person behind the wheel keeps going after making contact with an object, chances are that driver is impaired. Case in point: a man in Burlington, … [Read more...] about Man Driving with Airbag Deployed, Missing Tire. DUI? Ya Think?
Imagine that you’ve been out with your friends and you’ve had three or four drinks. Although you may wonder briefly if you’re OK to drive, you get behind the wheel anyway, and before you know it you’ve happened upon a RIDE checkpoint. Most people who drink and drive straight into a RIDE … [Read more...] about 3 Signs Of Drunk Driving Police Look For At A RIDE Checkpoint
Given all the publicity and education on the dangers of drunk driving, it’s kind of shocking that some teens are still getting behind the wheel drunk. Maybe they don’t think that a few drinks will affect them, or they have that feeling of invincibility teens so often have and they don’t believe … [Read more...] about This Teen Knows The Dangers Of Drunk Driving
Lawyers fight for a living, but usually on behalf of clients. One Monckton DUI lawyer, Wendell Maxwell, has been fighting New Brunswick’s Registrar of Motor Vehicles for some time now, and on his own behalf. The registrar seized his “DUI DR” licence plates last year. Mr. Maxwell is an attorney … [Read more...] about New Brunswick Lawyer Can Keep “DUI DR” Vanity Plates