Most of the efforts against drunk driving centre around the death and injury that it causes. In Canada, that’s considerable. In fact, the percentage of road fatalities in Canada which are alcohol-related is the highest among the developed countries of the world. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control … [Read more...] about Impaired Driver Destroys Fast-Food Restaurant
When you make an alcoholic drink that’s designed for kids, you’re treading on very shaky moral ground. After a 14-year-old girl died, the Québec-based company Groupe Geloso said it would no longer produce the caffeine-alcohol drink. The drink was never explicitly targeted for teens, but the … [Read more...] about Drink Maker Does the Right Thing, Axes Caffeine-Alcohol Brew.
Operation Red Nose is a well known program all across Canada. If you need a sober driver during the busy holiday season you can call them, request a ride, and someone will pick you up and drive your car home too. That way, anyone tempted to drink and drive in Quebec, Ontario, Saskatchewan, or … [Read more...] about Tempted to Drink And Drive in Quebec? Try Operation Red Nose
Anyone who has ever received an “F” on his or her report card will tell you that it stings, so you can imagine how lawmakers and law enforcement in Montreal felt when they discovered that Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) gave them a failing grade for on their annual impaired driving review back … [Read more...] about Quebec Impaired Driving Laws Could Use A Refresh
Last week Québec started its annual program to immunize itself against a plague that claims lives every year: impaired driving. The program is called Operation VACCIN. The acronym stands for vérification accrue de la capacité de conduite - Intervention nationale. In English that’s “enhanced … [Read more...] about Québec is Vaccinating Itself – Against Impaired Driving – For the Holidays.
Impaired driving garners stiff penalties in Quebec. You’re responsible under both the Canadian Criminal Code, which applies to every province, and Quebec’s own Highway Safety Code. You can receive a charge under the Criminal Code for Quebec impaired driving under the following conditions: A … [Read more...] about Quebec Impaired Driving And Ignition Interlock Law
When people are stopped for impaired driving, they often try to evade arrest. The usual way is to concentrate hard and act sober. It doesn’t work too often, and even when it does, there’s the police breathalyzer to back up the officer’s suspicions. Recently a driver in Québec refused to accept … [Read more...] about Driver Jumps in River to Avoid Breathalyzer Test
Something strange is going on in Gatineau, Québec. This river city near the Ontario border seems to be attracting a unique type of criminal: one who is prone to steal construction vehicles and drive them drunk. Last week a man was found asleep at the wheel of a backhoe parked in a ditch. He was … [Read more...] about Backhoe DUI – A New Québec Crimewave?
One of the perks of chronicling the DUI scene in Canada is finding out how many different vehicles a person can drive drunk in. We’ve seen a Zamboni and a tractor, and even a snowplow. Now a bulldozer DUI joins the ranks of unusual Canadian impaired driving incidents. A man was arrested in … [Read more...] about Drive a Bulldozer While Impaired and Get Arrested in No Time Flat
“Why would someone drive drunk again and again?” It defies some people’s logic, but repeat DUI offenders are common enough in Canada. The provinces offer them fines, imprisonment, treatment, and counseling – all of which garner some success – but still a certain percentage of offenders get back … [Read more...] about Quebec Study: What Kind of People Are Risky Drivers?
In recent years the designated driver has become a must-have accessory at any gathering where alcohol is served. Spouses, significant others, friends, and family have been pressed into service to help impaired people get home safely, but sometimes you need to hire someone. If it’s a busy night, … [Read more...] about Ontario-Based Driverseat Lets You Pre-Book Your Designated Driver
We usually think that penalties for drunk driving should correspond to the severity of the offence. As The Mikado states it in Gilbert and Sullivan’s comedy: My object all sublime I shall achieve in time — To let the punishment fit the crime ” In Canada the law generally determines the degree … [Read more...] about Supreme Court of Canada: Your DUI Can Depend on Your Location
It sounds pretty scary - Condition X. And truth be told, it is, if you have a Quebec driver's licence. Condition X is a condition imposed by e Société de l’assurance automobile du Québec (SAAQ) on some drivers who have a DUI conviction. Condition X stipulates that you must have an ignition … [Read more...] about What is Condition X in Quebec? How Can I Avoid It?
There is no shortage of stories about drunk drivers and how they disrupt their own lives and those of others. Arrests and jail can cause financial ruin; crashes cause injury, death, and broken lives. Usually these consequences affect the friends and family of the offender and, of course, the … [Read more...] about Who Turned Out the Lights? A Quebec Drunk Driver, That’s Who
In Canada’s fight against drunk driving Québec is one of the hardest-working provinces, with thorough, well-enforced laws and good anti-DUI education. Recently Québec’s society of auto insurers (SAAQ) prepared a new TV, Web and radio campaign to discourage drunk driving. The ad is not of the … [Read more...] about New Québec Drunk Driving Awareness Campaign Makes a Splash – Literally.
In Canada you can vote when you turn 18, and you have the option to legally head out to bars or nightclubs and drink alcohol when you turn 19. But for young people in the country, turning the magical age of 19 doesn’t mean the restrictions are over. Zero tolerance laws prevent anyone under the … [Read more...] about Zero Tolerance Is Here To Stay
Quebec has a proud musical history, having produced artists as diverse as Céline Dion, Leonard Cohen and Oscar Peterson. But this year has not been a good one for musicians, at least not for Québécois singer-songwriters. On Christmas Day Marjo (Nèe Marjolène Morin) was arrested for hitting a car … [Read more...] about A DUI in Quebec – Another Singer
Must Face the Music
We can give you a lot of reasons why a DUI is a bad idea in Quebec, or anywhere else in Canada. It puts you, your passengers and others in danger, it makes you liable for prison time, and could have serious repercussions on your job and relationships. A DUI in Quebec also costs a lot of … [Read more...] about A DUI in Quebec is One Costly Mistake
We've heard from Quebec before. The CBC filmed an excellent PSA on the dangers of drowsy driving. Now, from the Quebec Automobile Insurance Corporation comes this excellent and imaginative warning about the consequences of drunk driving. Quebec in particular among Canada's provinces, seems … [Read more...] about From Quebec: Another Excellent
Anti-Drunk Driving PSA
In 2011 Quebec experienced a traffic accident so massive and deadly that the investigation of the crash took three years to complete. That February a van carrying farm workers home from their jobs collided with a school bus. Five men died in the collision. Recently the investigation drew to a … [Read more...] about Quebec Coroner: Drowsy Driving Kills