B.C.’s tough impaired laws: one year, 45 lives saved

B.C.’s first year with Canada’s toughest roadside penalties for impaired driving saw deaths reduced by 40%

  • Dec. 2, 2011 1:00 p.m.

B.C.’s first year with Canada’s toughest roadside penalties for impaired driving saw alcohol-related motor vehicle deaths reduced by 40 per cent.

Premier Christy Clark made the announcement last Wednesday, the National Day of Remembrance for Road Crash Victims in Canada.

In addition, the Province will contribute $40,000 this year toward establishing Alexa’s Bus, a mobile road safety bus that will focus on impaired driving education and enforcement.

“In honour of Alexa Middelaer, a four-year-old girl whose life was cut short by impaired driving, we set a goal to reduce impaired driving fatalities by 35 per cent by the end of 2013,” said Clark in a press release last week.

“Just one year later, preliminary data shows we are already exceeding that with a 40 per cent reduction. That’s 45 more families in B.C. who have been able to keep a loved one safe from impaired drivers,” she said.

From October 1 2010, to September 30 2011, the total number of alcohol-related motor vehicle deaths across B.C. was 68. This represents a decrease of 40 per cent from the 113 such deaths on average in each of the previous five years.

B.C. police agencies have backed up the deterrent and life-saving value of the new penalties with strong enforcement. Between September 20 2010, when the new sanctions came into effect, and September 30 2011: Police across B.C. report having served 23,366 immediate roadside prohibitions to drinking drivers.

Of these, 15,401 were to drivers who blew in the “fail” range (i.e., with a blood alcohol content level of 0.08 per cent or over) or refused to provide a breath sample.

Just under eight thousand were to drivers who blew in the “warn” range (i.e., provided a breath sample between 0.05 and 0.08 per cent).

Police impounded 20,020 drinking-drivers’ vehicles at the roadside.

In 14,951 cases, drivers received a 30-day impound for a “fail”.

 

Of the other 5,069 impounds for a “warn”, 98 per cent were three-day impounds for drivers caught a first time under the new rules. (Vehicle impoundment is at the discretion of police on the first or second occasion that a driver blows in the “warn” range.)

 

 

Just Posted

Stumpage costs to increase on July 1

MLA John Rustad speaks about the issues faced by the B.C. forest industry

B.C. oil tanker ban squeaks through final vote in Senate

Bill C-48 bars oil tankers from loading at ports on B.C’s north coast

Q & A with Rio Tinto Operations Director

Inflows between July, 2018 and June 2019 has been the second lowest since 1956

Fraser Lake business offers equine therapy to deal with life stressors

The idea is to have diverse businesses that provide more options to residents and tourists says Kim Watt-Senner

VIDEO: Killer whale steals fisherman’s catch off North Coast

Fishing duel results in eager orca snagging salmon in Prince Rupert

Fate of accused in Canadian couple’s 1987 killings in jury’s hands

William Talbott’s lawyer says DNA doesn’t prove murder

Child killed after being hit in driveway on Vancouver Island

The driver of the vehicle remained at the crash scene and is fully cooperating

Eating sandwiches, putting on makeup behind the wheel could land you a fine

RCMP say if you cause an accident while eating you could be penalized

Cat badly hurt in animal trap was likely stuck for days, B.C. owner says

Blu, a three-year-old house cat, suffered severe damage to his hind leg after being stuck in trap for days

40 cats surrendered in apparent hoarding at B.C. home

Officers found the cats living among piles of garbage and feces, suffering from fleas

Vancouver Aquarium drops cetacean ban lawsuit in new lease agreement

Ocean Wise CEO Lasse Gustavsson called the updated lease an exciting new chapter for the aquarium

Thieves steal two $40K chairs featuring gold serpents from B.C. furniture store

Chairs believed to be the only two of its kind in Canada, police said

Rising gas prices force B.C. residents to rethink summer road trips: poll

63 per cent of respondents reported gas prices are impacting their day-to-day finances

Most Read