Vancouver, British Columbia – British Columbia has kicked off this summer’s CounterAttack campaign, with the province, police and the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC) reminding motorists that if they drink and drive, they should prepare to get caught.
“We want all B.C. drivers to have a safe summer and a good way to do that is to keep drinking drivers off the road,” said Solicitor General Michael de Jong. “The tragic reality is that people who drink and drive put themselves, and everyone else, at risk of injury or death.”
This fall, the government will bring in the toughest impaired driving laws in Canada, with the aim of reducing alcohol-impaired driving fatalities by 35 per cent by the end of 2013. Under changes to the Motor Vehicle Act, drivers who provide a failing breath sample above 0.08 BAC or refuse to provide a sample at the roadside will face an immediate 90-day driving ban and a $500 fine, and will have the vehicle impounded for 30 days. They may also face criminal charges.
Drivers caught once in the “warn range,” between 0.05 and 0.08, in a five-year period will face an immediate three-day driving ban and a $200 fine. For a second time, the ban is seven days and a $300 fine, and a third is a 3o-day ban and $400 fine.
In addition, drivers who blow once in the “fail” range, or three times within five years in the “warn” range, will be required to participate in the rehabilitative Responsible Driver Program and use an ignition interlock device for one year.