One of the constants in the Canadian winter is snow, and the need to plow it. That’s one of the reasons that St. John’s, Newfoundland has enacted a late night parking ban on some downtown streets. But according to CBC News, at least one resident is not sure that’s a good idea: less overnight parking … [Read more...] about Will St. John’s Parking Ban Really Mean More Drunk Drivers?
Change can be hard, and one of the biggest changes to Canadian impaired driving laws will happen next year when marijuana is legalized in the country. Right now there seems to be more questions than answers as to how Canadian impaired driving laws will change and how drugged drivers will be … [Read more...] about Is Newfoundland Set To Be A Model For The Sale Of Marijuana?
It’s been 30 years since Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) began its Red Ribbon Campaign. As they spread a sea of red ribbons across the country again this year, they’ve got some thoughts on what’s currently happening with Newfoundland drunk driving laws. One of the founders of the MADD Avalon … [Read more...] about Are Newfoundland Drunk Driving Laws Changing Fast Enough?
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
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
Canada has many different levels of impaired driving laws; some are in place according to the Canadian Criminal Code while others work on the provincial level. Although these laws work, there’s always room for improvement, and to do that Canadian lawmakers might want to take a look at deterrent … [Read more...] about Canada’s Deterrent Programs Should All Include This Case
No matter where you live, parents of young drivers give them the same talk: don’t speed, don’t drive recklessly, and never, under any circumstances, drink and drive. It’s good advice, and all the better if the young person actually takes it, but sometimes parents need a helping hand in enforcing … [Read more...] about Stricter Zero Tolerance Drunk Driving Laws Coming To Newfoundland
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.
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!”
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 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?
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?!
Big changes to impaired driving laws in Newfoundland could be coming, and if they do, they will come thanks to the hard work of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Canada. MADD representatives met with Newfoundland Liberal MHAs to recommend changes to Newfoundland’s impaired driving laws, and … [Read more...] about MADD Wants Stronger Impaired Driving Laws In Newfoundland
There are many reasons why senior citizens may drive badly, but seniors who drink and drive really are in a league of their own. With so many stories on this topic coming out every week, it’s a good time to take a look at why it’s so dangerous for seniors to drink and drive. As you get older your … [Read more...] about Senior Citizens Who Drink And Drive: It Happens More Often Than You Think
Speed kills. There’s no sugar coating it and there’s no denying it either: when you put someone behind the wheel of a vehicle and they drive in excess of the speed limit, they have a much greater potential for both crashes and fatalities within the vehicle. Just as an example, you have a four times … [Read more...] about Speeding, Drinking, And Driving: the deadliest combo of all
McDonald's is one of those places that really come to life late at night. The local bars and nightclubs let out at 1 or 2 am, and hungry people stream into the restaurant and drive-thru looking for greasy food made hot and fast. But for one man in Marystown, Newfoundland, a trip through the … [Read more...] about McDonald’s With A Side Order Of Impaired Driving?
When will they learn? There are many drivers in Canada would never dream of getting behind the wheel of their car or truck while drunk. They know the dangers of mixing alcohol and driving, and most likely they know the consequences too; suspension, fines, possible jail time, and an ignition … [Read more...] about Yes, A Snowmobile is a Motor Vehicle, and You Can Get a DUI On One
If you’ve used a breathalyzer in a bar before heading home after a night of drinking, you know what it’s like to pop a toonie in the machine and hope for the best blood alcohol reading possible. In addition to providing breath samples, these machines advertise that they’re raising funds for charity. … [Read more...] about Hey Saint Johns, Beware Of The In-Bar Breathalyzer
Nighttime is when policemen on DUI patrols haunt the roads. By tradition cocktail hour begins at five, and it's usually the wee hours by the time drunk drivers make their unwise journey home. Teenagers also stage their drinking parties under cover of darkness. So why, then, are western … [Read more...] about Mid-Afternoon DUI Arrests – A Disturbing Trend in Newfoundland?
Most people think you can only be charged with impaired driving if you’re physically behind the wheel of a vehicle, but that’s actually not true. One passenger in Newfoundland just found out the hard way that you could be charged with impaired driving, even if you’re not driving the vehicle. … [Read more...] about How Does A Passenger Get Charged With Impaired Driving?
Newfoundland is well known in Canada for being the youngest of the Canadian provinces, but even though it’s young, the local government hasn’t wasted any time fighting back against impaired driving. If you are caught drinking and driving, the consequences in Newfoundland are swift and … [Read more...] about Life After An Impaired Driving Charge In Newfoundland
If you’ve ever read a news article that said a drunk driver was double or triple the legal limit and wondered exactly what that meant, you’re not alone. Although the legal blood alcohol concentration (BAC) before you can be arrested for drunk driving is .08 in all provinces of Canada, there’s a huge … [Read more...] about The Ins And Outs of Blood Alcohol Concentration
How can you know how dangerous it is to drink and drive unless you experience it yourself? You’d have to actually drive with double vision, coordination issues, and mind fog before you realize that one or two drinks can affect your driving in ways you could never imagine. Actually drinking and … [Read more...] about Want To See What It’s Like To Drink And Drive?
By now there aren’t many people who haven’t heard of the Elf on the Shelf. A mischievous little elf who moves around every night and watches over you for Santa, he’s gained popularity all over Canada for both parents and kids alike. This year, he’s helping out Newfoundland RCMP to show the outcome … [Read more...] about Elf On The Shelf Part Of Newfoundland RCMP’s Anti-Drunk Driving Message
Receiving an impaired driving charge in Canada is bad enough, but when you’re under the influence of drugs or alcohol, things can go from bad to worse in a heartbeat. That’s what a Conception Bay, Newfoundland man found out recently when he was arrested for drunk driving. After he was taken to … [Read more...] about Crazy Things People Do When Arrested For Impaired Driving
Getting your driver’s license is a right of passage that teens look forward to. Fortunately for parents of this generation of teen drivers, times have changed from the days when a license is handed over after a short road test. Teens these days have to enter the Graduated Driver’s Licensing Program … [Read more...] about Teens Learn About The Aftermath Of Drinking And Driving
The last Wednesday in August was a busy one for the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary. All in all, seven people in the St. John’s area were arrested for impaired driving. It wasn’t a DUI crackdown or added patrols that led to the catch. The public made it happen. According to the Constabulary, the … [Read more...] about 7 DUI Arrests in 12 Hours — Thanks to One Key Law Enforcement Tool