With legalization of cannabis imminent in Canada, impaired driving is on a lot of people’s minds. While legalization might not bring about an epidemic of stoned driving, there’s a good possibility that police will be arresting more impaired drivers once legalization day rolls around. And Alberta … [Read more...] about Alberta’s Beefed-Up Impaired Driving Laws Launch Monday
There are reasons you might get stuck driving a car through a tunnel not meant for cars. The tunnel might be poorly marked, for instance. But the Queens Quay streetcar tunnel in Toronto is marked up the wazoo, with flashing red lights, multiple signs, rumble strips, and bollards, but still people … [Read more...] about Impaired Driver Gets Stuck in Streetcar Tunnel. Because Why Not?
A pending bill in the Senate of Canada, Bill C-46, is being held up by legislators. The bill proposes new anti-impaired driving measures, which is why Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Canada is not happy about the delay. Bill C-46: Finally Tackling Cannabis Marijuana is one of the subjects … [Read more...] about MADD Canada is Mad About Delayed Impaired Driving Law
Canadians, compared to people of other countries, are not as likely to sue over things like hot coffee spills or fender benders. That’s not to say that Canadians don’t sue at all, but they tend to wait for the insurance companies to take care of cases instead of suing an individual over something … [Read more...] about Would You Sue Over An Impaired Driving Crash?
There’s a reason why Ontario impaired driving laws include a different set of restrictions for teen drivers. This demographic is the most likely to engage in risky behavior that can lead to drunk driving crashes. To prevent senseless teen deaths lawmakers have come up with a number of rules and … [Read more...] about Teen Violates Ontario Impaired Driving Laws 10 Days After Getting G1
Earlier this year Prince Edward Island (PEI) made some amendments to their Highway Traffic Act. Those amendments put the focus on impaired driving in PEI and gave them the tools to stop these drunk drivers. Now the Queens District RCMP has come out with a strategic policing priority for the … [Read more...] about Police Put The Spotlight On Impaired Driving In PEI
If you’ve ever driven after a few drinks, take note: the Halton Region isn’t where you’d want to be arrested for impaired driving in Ontario. Although every region in the province is in the midst of an impaired driving crackdown, the Halton Region is trying something new that drunk drivers aren’t … [Read more...] about Arrests For Impaired Driving In Ontario May Come With Dose Of Humiliation
Stiff new Ontario driving laws have been proposed for careless driving. If they pass, anyone who injures or kills someone due to careless driving could face penalties that are even harsher than those required for drunk driving right now. The Ontario government plans on amending the Ontario … [Read more...] about Heads Up: Proposed New Ontario Driving Laws Will Be Harsh
Not every arrest for drunk driving in Canada was because someone got drunk and drove a truck, car, or van. Some Canadian impaired driving charges are the result of someone driving a vehicle they might not consider a ‘motor vehicle’ at all. Ride on lawnmowers, ebikes, tractors, and boats all fall … [Read more...] about Drunk Canoeing Stays As Part Of Canadian Impaired Driving Law
There are a few different ways you can get an Ontario impaired driving charge. The most obvious one is driving while over the legal limit of .08 or driving while under the influence of drugs. Another way you can be charged with impaired driving is if you’re in care and control of your vehicle. … [Read more...] about An Ontario Impaired Driving Charge, Just For Moving Your Car?
The RIDE checkpoint is one of the most important ways police officers stop drunk driving in Ontario. RIDE, also known as Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere, are checkpoints that can show up at any time of the year in any location. Police try to show up in areas that would net the most impaired … [Read more...] about Hey Officer, Do You Want Pizza With That RIDE Checkpoint?
2018 might still seem far away, but with the legalization of marijuana looming and the prospect of more impaired drivers hitting the roads next year, impaired driving laws in Canada have become the focus of intense debate. At the center of the debate is Bill C-46, a proposed piece of legislation … [Read more...] about Meanwhile In Ottawa, Impaired Driving Laws In Canada Focus Of Debate
The possibility that marijuana will be legalized in Canada has stirred up a lot of different emotions in a lot of different people. Some are concerned that the streets will be clogged with pot smokers, while others are worried about an even more dangerous outcome: the roads will be clogged with … [Read more...] about What About Drugged Drivers? Zero Tolerance May Be The Future
If you’ve ever been speeding down on a highway and cruised past a sign that says, “Speed Limit Enforced By Aircraft,” you may have wondered whether helicopters were overhead tracking you right at that moment or if it was all just part of the province’s plan to slow you down. Some spots in the … [Read more...] about When Police Want To Stop An Ontario Drunk Driver, They’ll Stop Them
It’s long been the rule of law on the West Coast of Canada, and provinces like British Columbia and Alberta have all seen a decrease in drunk driving arrests and drunk driving crashes since passing one, but a mandatory ignition interlock law has never been a must-have for the provinces on the far … [Read more...] about Mandatory Ignition Interlock Law Is Coming To Newfoundland
Like it or not, the legalization of marijuana is coming to Canada next year. Although several states have legalized the drug for recreational use, drug-impaired driving is definitely not legal and you will be arrested if you’re caught driving high. Because Canada has such a huge problem with … [Read more...] about No One Knows How To Test For Drug-Impaired Driving — Yet
Summer has wound down and all that’s left are summer vacation memories as everyone heads back to school and transitions into fall. For police officers fighting drunk driving in Canada, those summer memories will include a surge in impaired drivers that kept every member of law enforcement busy, but … [Read more...] about In The Fight Against Drunk Driving In Canada, There Are No Vacations
One of the biggest challenges police and law enforcement face when stopping impaired drivers in Saskatchewan is the mentality people have about drunk driving. Saskatchewan people just don’t seem to understand that drinking any amount of alcohol and getting behind the wheel can be deadly. This is … [Read more...] about Will Being A Good Wingman Stop Impaired Drivers In Saskatchewan?
Although other countries and parts of the United States have legalized marijuana, there’s a lot of concern about having it legalized in Canada. For some Canadians having the law pass is scary, and it conjures up the mental image of people smoking marijuana while casually walking down the street or, … [Read more...] about Soon Many People Might Be Driving While High. Are Police Prepared?
For SGI, Saskatchewan’s Crown Insurance company, the month of June was supposed to put the focus on preventing young people and motorcyclists from drinking and driving or becoming victims of drunk driving. It didn’t pan out quite as they planned, and Saskatchewan impaired driving rates are still far … [Read more...] about No End In Sight For Saskatchewan Impaired Driving
If you were someone who passed and enforced Canadian drunk driving laws, you’d probably cringe a little when Statistics Canada released their latest police-reported crime statistics. Every year they compile the statistics for the year before, and it’s eye-opening for provinces who have serious … [Read more...] about Canadian Drunk Driving Laws Are Working In Alberta
There’s no shortage of innocent victims of Ontario drunk drivers. You don’t have to be in a car either: some are simply standing by the side of their vehicle when they’re struck and killed, while others are pedestrians just trying to cross the street or walk home from work. A Kitchener father has … [Read more...] about Yes, Ontario Drunk Drivers Will Crash Into Pedestrians Too
Ontario drunk drivers haven’t hit the brakes at all over the past few years, and the sheer number of impaired driving crashes have become so bad some of the crash descriptions sound like something straight out of a bad dream. One impaired driving case that’s currently in court in Barrie, Ontario … [Read more...] about Impaired Driving Crashes Like This Are Happening Too Often In Ontario
Anyone who causes a drunk driving crash and ends up in jail should be pretty shaken up by the experience, especially if you’re someone who’s never been in trouble with police before. At the very least you’d expect someone who's killed someone because of drunk driving to make some life changes and … [Read more...] about After Drunk Driving Crash, Ignition Interlock Should Be Bail Condition
Saskatchewan has a long list of victims of impaired driving, and there’s no shortage of drunk driving stories coming out of the province every month. Because it’s such a widespread problem and there have been so many lives lost at the hands of Saskatchewan drunk drivers, the local chapter of … [Read more...] about MADD Saskatchewan Wants Victims Of Impaired Driving Memorialized
If you know almost nothing at all about drunk driving or Canadian drunk driving laws, the number one thing you need to realize is that drunk driving is always a choice. You choose to drink alcohol and get behind the wheel, and when you make that choice and you kill or injure someone, it’s not an … [Read more...] about Canadian Drunk Driving Offender Uses Sleep-Driving Defense
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
There have been a number of fatal drunk driving crashes in Saskatchewan over the past few years, and all are equally tragic due to the loss of life to something as preventable as drunk driving. Out of all of these crashes, one stands out because an entire family died after a woman made the decision … [Read more...] about SGI May Soon Be Suing A Lot Of Bars Over Drunk Driving Crashes
It’s become an all too familiar theme in the York region of Ontario: instead of seeing a hard-won decrease in impaired driving arrests, police are noticing that the cases are increasing again. It’s hard to believe, especially considering the York region was the location of fatal Neville-Lake family … [Read more...] about A Unique Way To Stop Impaired Driving Arrests In The York Region
Just as British Columbia is taking steps to amend their own impaired driving laws to plan a future crack down on drugged driving, Nova Scotia is looking to the future legalization of marijuana as an opportunity to change Nova Scotia impaired driving laws for the better. Halifax police officers … [Read more...] about Nova Scotia Impaired Driving Laws Need To Toughen Up