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
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
When you read about Canadian drunk drivers causing issues in a province, your mind generally goes to Saskatchewan or Ontario. Both of these provinces have been in the news over the past year or two for a host of tragic drunk driving crashes and, in Saskatchewan’s case, a change in impaired driving … [Read more...] about Canadian Drunk Drivers Have Been Busy In Nova Scotia
It can’t be easy being presented with drunk driving case after case every day, but in most situations judges in Canada manage to properly penalize drunk drivers with license suspensions, fines, and in some provinces, the possibility of an ignition interlock. Some situations presented to judges … [Read more...] about Nova Scotia Judge Handles Drunk Driving Case The Way It Should Be
Although some drunk driving offenders will learn their lesson the first time they are arrested for impaired driving, others never have the desire to stop getting behind the wheel after drinking. Case in point? A repeat offender in Nova Scotia wasn’t deterred by the fact that he went to prison for … [Read more...] about All Drunk Driving Offenders In Nova Scotia Needs Ignition Interlocks
A US study is making waves in the world of drunk driving, and the information that’s come out of it could be of good use to the Atlantic provinces as they change their drunk driving laws to include mandatory ignition interlocks. The American Journal of Preventative Medicine recently released a … [Read more...] about US Study On Ignition Interlocks Matters For Canada Too
If you ask any local government about ride sharing services, they’ll tell you about the pros and cons. On the con side, the drivers and the industry are unregulated, so the city has a harder time controlling what these drivers can and can’t do. Also on the con side, companies like Uber and Left tend … [Read more...] about Ride Sharing, Long Cab Waits, And Choosing A Drunk Driver
Permanent licence revocation is considered an extreme punishment for impaired driving, usually reserved for persistent repeat offenders or for those causing a collision while impaired that results in death. The punishment is never given lightly, so the idea of shortening that life term naturally … [Read more...] about Nova Scotia Offers Faint Hope To Drunk Drivers Who Lost Licences
We give the Bridgewater fast food worker credit. Police officers are trained to spot drunk driving when they see it. They do it by looking for the obvious signs, such as drifting into opposing lanes or hitting curbs. They're also good at spotting subtler clues, such as driving with open windows on … [Read more...] about Fast Food Worker Spots Debit Card Fumble, Snags Drunk Driver.
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
People have the wrong idea about DUI arrests. They think that they can only face impaired driving charges if they’re caught in a car or truck driving under the influence. But the fact is, a motor vehicle is a motor vehicle. Riding mowers, scooters, mopeds, snowmobiles, and golf carts can land you … [Read more...] about Nova Scotia Golf Cart DUI. Did You Say Golf Cart?
After British Columbia and Saskatchewan put strict impaired driving laws into place, they’ve seen a drop in impaired driving rates. The East Coast provinces haven’t fared as well, and the spotlight is shining on Nova Scotia impaired driving rates after a recent CBC article detailed how they have … [Read more...] about Nova Scotia Impaired Driving Rates Still Higher Than National Average
When it comes to preventing drunk driving, putting good laws in place is one part of the battle. Education is another. Often when people understand how dangerous they are impaired behind the wheel, and they’re aware of the penalties, they make better choices. But sometimes a third factor comes … [Read more...] about Last Call For Cape Breton Drinking Culture?
Out of every 100,000 Nova Scotians, 217 people are picked up for drunk driving. Across Canada as a whole, the number of impaired drivers per 100,000 population is just 167. This discrepancy is cause for concern in the province. DUI rates are generally on the decline in Canada, but Nova Scotia … [Read more...] about Nova Scotia Arrested More than 1,000 Impaired Drivers Last Year
Sometimes, people who are drunk driving have a hard time accepting responsibility for their choices. They’ll be defiant, belligerent, or frustrated with the judicial process that’s designed to punish them for their crime. Others are accepting of what they’ve done and eager to make amends, even if … [Read more...] about A Drunk Driving Punishment That Doesn’t Fit The Crime
It’s a busy night for Halifax law enforcement if they net one or two impaired drivers, but when they stop 5 different impaired drivers in 5 separate incidents, that’s a very scary kick off on the first day of an annual safe driving campaign. Operation Christmas 2015 began in Halifax on what … [Read more...] about 5 Impaired Drivers Nabbed On First Night Of Operation Christmas
Can you imagine being banned from driving for life? You’d struggle to get to work, school, or to do something as simple as get groceries. If you were in an emergency situation, you’d also have to look elsewhere to get where you needed to go. It would feel like a piece of your independence was gone … [Read more...] about Two 99 Year Driving Bans For A Habitual Impaired Driver In Nova Scotia
With all of the public service announcements (PSAs), road side check points, and social media sharing, you’d think that the people fighting back against drunk driving in Canada would be winning the battle and seeing a real decrease in alcohol-related crashes and drunk driving arrests. But that … [Read more...] about Two Drunk Driving Crashes In One Week For Nova Scotia
There are a lot of things you can refuse to do in life, but if you do, there are consequences. You can refuse to go to work in the morning, but you might get fired if you do. You can also refuse to go to the doctor when you’re sick, but you could get even sicker if you pass on that visit. But … [Read more...] about What’s The Worst That Could Happen If You Refuse The Breathalyzer?
You should never drink and drive, but if you’re in or around Nova Scotia this summer and you are considering getting behind the wheel after even one drink, think again: beginning with a kick off on Victoria Day and continuing throughout the rest of the summer, the police in Nova Scotia are focused … [Read more...] about Nova Scotia Is Shutting Down Impaired Drivers
It’s one of the most common crimes in Canada: driving without a licence. A man by the name of Webster was doing it not too long ago. As a result, when he happened upon a police checkpoint, he did what he thought he had to do: he tried to evade the police by turning into a private … [Read more...] about Judge to Truro Man: You Should’ve Had an Ignition Interlock!
Nova Scotia is taking no chances on its roads. New laws have come into effect to deal more effectively with drinking and driving. Alcohol and young drivers are, we all know, a bad mix. That’s why provinces have a zero alcohol tolerance rule for drivers 21 and under who are completing their … [Read more...] about Nova Scotia: Zero Alcohol Tolerance for Young Drivers Plus New Ignition Interlock Law
Anyone who has received an impaired driving conviction knows it is a lot to deal with, and the penalties you receive can be overwhelming. The offender probably knows they shouldn’t have made the choice to drink and drive, and if they managed to do so without injuring themselves or killing someone … [Read more...] about Repeat Offenders May Get A Lifeline With Faint Hope Clause
New drivers are a dicey lot. Generally young, usually insecure, and always inexperienced, they account for a lot of accidents on the road. Moreover, they make up more than their share of impaired drivers as well. The government of Nova Scotia is amending their province’s Motor Vehicle Act to make … [Read more...] about Nova Scotia Is Hitting the Brakes on
Licensing New Drivers
The battle against drunk driving seems endless sometimes, but there is some good news from Cape Breton: the number of impaired driving offenses has declined on the island. Two years ago 170 impaired driving related charges were filed. This year, as of the end of September, the number is 107. What … [Read more...] about How Cape Breton is Fighting Drunk Driving — And Winning
Nova Scotia is now a battleground between the forces of liquor regulation and privatization. The Nova Scotia Government and General Employees Union (NSGEU/NUPGE) has reached out to citizens to ask them not to shop in agency stores – the small private liquor stores which are, in the union’s words, … [Read more...] about Nova Scotia Government Employees:
Don’t Privatize Liquor Sales!
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