There’s a reason why drunk drivers will choose back roads to get to their destination. Back roads may be not be patrolled by police, aren’t usually the focus of checkpoints, and they don’t have a lot of traffic so it’s unlikely you’ll see anyone else. It’s unfortunate, but back roads make it pretty … [Read more...] about This Is What It’s Like To Follow Drunk Drivers
If you want to see a thousand cars in Calgary, it's easy - just drive anywhere during rush hour. But if you want to see a thousand unusual cars - exotics, classics, hot rods, muscle cars, and cars that have been lowered, chopped, lifted, and stanced - then head to Show Your Ride for Brandon. This … [Read more...] about Show Your Ride – But Don’t Show Up Drunk
When you drink and drive in Canada, you’re breaching two sets of laws: the Criminal Code of Canada and the drunk driving laws of whatever province or territory you’re in. As a result, you could well suffer consequences from both Federal and provincial entities. If a breath or blood test registers … [Read more...] about Can I Beat DUI Consequences by Switching Provinces?
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
What will it take to stop people from making the choice to drink and drive? Although every province has their own unique perspective on this issue, Ontario drunk drivers really seem to have kicked into overdrive lately. The Marco Muzzo crash that killed 3 small children and their grandfather in … [Read more...] about Will You Say #ImThatPerson And Stop Ontario Drunk Drivers?
It’s a question that can drive police and anti-drunk driving groups crazy: how far do you have to go to stop Canadian drunk drivers? You can slap them with high fines and fees, you can require them to only drive with an ignition interlock and take away their driver’s license if they don’t, and you … [Read more...] about Should Canadian Drunk Drivers Take A Tour Of The Morgue?
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
Trouble in Paradise. It seems that despite its idyllic name, the town of Paradise on the Avalon Peninsula is not free of drunk drivers. In the wee hours last Saturday a man managed to damage five vehicles and a house. When arrested, the man refused a breathalyzer and was booked. The consequences … [Read more...] about Yes, My Child, There Are Drunk Drivers in Paradise
It’s been over six months since the Van De Vorst family from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan was killed by a drunk driver. Jordan and Chandra, along with their children Kamryn and Miguire, were crashed into while trying to cross the highway just outside of the city. Jordan and Chandra died at the scene, … [Read more...] about Drunk Driver Who Killed Saskatoon Family Pleads Guilty
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
When people get arrested for DUI, they usually admit to their mistake. There are some, of course, who insist that they weren’t impaired, that they “only had one” or “just a couple,” and they were perfectly able to drive. But most people admit that they were caught fair and square, and deserve some … [Read more...] about I got a DUI. Do I Have an Alcohol Problem?
It’s not hard to believe teens are involved in a lot of motor vehicle crashes. If you’ve ever watched a teen peel out of a parking lot, hit high speeds, or drive erratically, you know that these young, inexperienced drivers are much more likely to crash their cars. But did you know that out of all … [Read more...] about Why Is Underage Drinking And Driving Still Claiming Lives?
Imagine you’re driving down the road on your way home and you notice someone driving erratically in front of you. They slam on the brakes, speed up and take off, then slow down and weave within their lane. To anyone behind that car, it would be pretty obvious that the person inside was drunk … [Read more...] about Always Report Drunk Driving, Even If You’re Not 100% Sure
Over the past few months it’s become very apparent that Ontario has a serious drunk driving problem. Although the Marco Muzzo case is the one that’s the most publicized, there are scores of drunk driving arrests taking place in the province every day. The tide doesn’t seem to be turning for the … [Read more...] about Is Society Promoting Alcohol Use And Creating A Drunk Driving Problem?
There have been some tragic crashes in Saskatchewan over the past month, and Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI) has become concerned enough to take action. They’ve recently launched several campaigns to stop drunk drivers. One campaign recently launched included a video public service … [Read more...] about SGI Stopping Drunk Drivers With Out-Of-The-Box Campaigns
The official kick off to summer fun was the Victoria Day long weekend, but instead of celebrating the weekend with food and fun, Ontario police were forced to come to a sobering realization: impaired drivers in Ontario aren’t getting the message that drinking and driving can kill. Either that, or … [Read more...] about Impaired Drivers In Ontario Kick Off Summer The Wrong Way
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 was just a week ago that you read about a man who was arrested in Newfoundland and Labrador for DUI – twice in 6 hours. It’s been suggested that the province’s lax drunk driving laws had something to do with the speedy recidivism. In particular, if the driver’s vehicle had been impounded right … [Read more...] about MADD: Changes in Newfoundland and Labrador Drunk Driving Laws?
There have been a lot of impaired driving arrests in Toronto recently, but they aren’t all alcohol-related. Toronto police have released data from last year and it shows that people are still driving under the influence, but they’re driving high more often than they are driving drunk. Police … [Read more...] about Driving High Charges Up In Toronto, Driving Drunk Down
Marco Muzzo and Blaine Taypotat live in different provinces but they have a lot in common. Both are drunk drivers who crashed while well over the legal limit, and both killed people in the process. Both also received similar jail sentences, with a decade for Muzzo and 9 ½ years for Taypotat. The … [Read more...] about MADD’s Own Recommendations For Impaired Driving Causing Death
Saskatchewan and drunk driving seem to go hand in hand, and the province routinely ranks above the national average for drunk driving crashes and impaired driving arrests. Although new impaired driving laws came into effect in June 2014, Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI) is heading straight … [Read more...] about SGI Fights Back Against Saskatchewan Drunk Driving
The breathalyzer has had a long and interesting history. From its initial origins as the Drunk-O-Meter way back in the 1930’s, the breathalyzer has been upgraded over the years into the highly accurate and sensitive fuel cell breathalyzers police use today. But after a Brampton, Ontario judge … [Read more...] about Ontario Breathalyzers May Create Loopholes For Drunk Drivers
When you think of May, you probably think of springtime. There are flowers blooming everywhere, the leaves on the trees are turning green, and people in flip flops and shorts are out in full force. The roads are full too, but they aren’t just loaded with families heading out for a day in the sun. … [Read more...] about Why Is May A Big Month For Impaired Driving In Canada?
It’s pretty well known that Saskatchewan has a serious problem with their impaired driving rates. From the conservation officer plowed down when he was helping at a crash site to the family of four who were struck and killed near Saskatoon, it’s tragic that these lives have been lost to something … [Read more...] about What’s To Blame For Sasktchewan’s Impaired Driving Rates?
Last week the RNC Patrol picked up 32-year-old a man for drunk driving. The man refused a breathalyzer test (as was his right) and was released with a pending court date. He was arrested for DUI again – 6 hours later. This time he was put in jail for a night. So, what happened? And what does … [Read more...] about Arrested for DUI Twice – in 6 Hours?!
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
Even if you’ve never been stopped for drunk driving yourself, care and control is a term you’ll hear once in awhile. The basic idea of care and control is that you don’t have to be caught actually driving a vehicle when you’re drunk; if a police officer finds you in the driver’s seat with a set of … [Read more...] about Care And Control Is Here To Stay, Ontario
It’s hard for families of impaired driving victims to find a way to honour their loved one, but MADD is there to lend a helping hand. Along with offering support services, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) in Manitoba wants to make sure these victims will never be forgotten. MADD Manitoba has … [Read more...] about Monument To Impaired Driving Victims Going Up In Manitoba
There are a lot of ways you can end up with a drunk driving charge. You might have had a few drinks at a friend’s house and thought you were OK to drive, or you felt like you had to drink and drive because you had no other way to get from point A to point B. The thing to keep in mind is that … [Read more...] about What Happens If I get a Drunk Driving Charge With My Kids Along?
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!