Impaired Driving

Information relating to impaired driving.

RESEARCH - Marihuana and Driving Impairment

MarihuanaFrom the article abstract: "The influence of cannabis on traffic crashes is a growing concern. Experimental studies provide ample evidence of cannabis influence on psychomotor and cognitive performances. Epidemiological works describe the excess crash risk that this substance causes.

CASE LAW - Sivia v British Columbia (Superintendent of Motor Vehicles)

BC Courts Coat of ArmsThe reasons for judgment of Mr. Justice Sigurdson (in chambers) continues from the case where he found that British Columbia's Immediate Roadside Prohibition (IRP) where a driver provided a fail breath sample was contrary to the Charter of Rights and Freedoms because it did not provide for sufficient grounds for review of a prohibition. In this case, Mr. Justice Sigurdson decides that penalties issued under the old IRP scheme will stand as his declaration of invalidity is not retroactive.

VIDEO - Improvements to the Immediate Roadside Prohibition Program

video iconThe Office of the Superintendent of Motor Vehicles explains improvements to the Immediate Roadside Prohibition (IRP) program for impaired drivers (effective June 15, 2012) and what can happen if you're caught driving impaired in British Columbia.

CASE LAW - R v Engelbrecht

BC Courts Coat of ArmsKaarina Engelbrecht was reported to police as an erratic driver on March 27, 2011. Her vehicle was located by patrols and after an altercation at roadside she was taken to the Kelowna RCMP detachment for breath testing. She provided breath samples of 110 mg% and was charged with driving without due care and attention.

CASE LAW - R v Bekkers

BC Courts Coat of ArmsClare Bekkers spent the evening at a friend's residence in Victoria drinking and using cocaine. The following day she collected her young children and headed home to Nanaimo. When she started her journey that day at 12:30 pm her blood alcohol level was between 93 and 148 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood. There was some indication that she may have consumed beer in her vehicle on the way home.

READING - IIHS Status Report - March 6, 2012

IIHS LogoThis issue of the Status Report examines: Alcohol ignition interlocks are reducing recidivism among drivers convicted of DUI in Washington, enhanced belt reminders can persuade motorists to buckle up without being relentless,  interior padding reduces fatal head injuries by 24 percent and a new government analysis concludes Teenage passenger death rate starts to climb at age 1

READING - The Road Safety Monitor 2011: Drinking and Driving in Canada

TIRF New LogoThe Road Safety Monitor is an annual Canadian public opinion survey conducted by the Traffic Injury Research Foundation (TIRF). These two documents contain the result of the 2011 survey on drinking and driving in Canada and the breakdown by region across the country.

Fail! The Immediate Roadside Prohibition

Keys and DrinkI performed many duties in my policing career, investigator, collision analyst, breath testing technician and screening device operator/calibrator/instructor. I've seen first hand the damage that impaired drivers do to themselves and others on our highways. The duty I liked the least was notifying next of kin following a fatal collision.

VIDEO - Ramona Pierson on Being Hit by an Impaired Driver

TED Talks challenge fascinating thinkers and doers to give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes or less. Ramona Pierson was crossing the street when a drunk driver ran a red light and struck her in the crosswalk. She spent 18 months in a coma and then was placed in a senior citizens home to recover.

ICBC - Top Excuses Given by Impaired Drivers

ICBC LogoThe following excuses for driving while impaired were provided to police at CounterAttack road checks held around BC in the past month:

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