Dawson Creek police focus on impaired driving in July

Police will be out in full force doing road checks looking for impaired drivers. Police would like people to think responsibly when they drink by planning ahead and choosing a designate driver to get you home safely.

Impaired driving suspensions, vehicle impoundments and fines all start at 0.05 blood-alcohol concentration (BAC). If your BAC is found to be within the "warn" range – 0.05 to 0.08 – via a breath sample tested by a roadside screening device, you could be subject to an immediate, three-day driving prohibition, a $200 fine, a three-day vehicle impoundment and associated fees, and a $250 driver's licence reinstatement fee. This adds up to at least $600 for a first offence.

A second offence results in an immediate, seven-day driving prohibition, a $300 fine, and vehicle impoundment and associated fees, adding up to at least $760.

A third offence results in an immediate, 30-day driving prohibition, a $400 fine, 30-day vehicle impoundment and associated fees, enrolment in the Responsible Drivers Program at a charge of $880, an Ignition Interlock system installed for one year on your vehicle at a cost of $1,730 and a $250 driver's licence reinstatement fee. The total cost for a third offence in a five-year period is at least $3,960.

Drivers found to have a BAC in the "fail" range – above 0.08 – via a breath sample tested with a roadside screening device can expect to face an immediate, 90-day driving prohibition, a $500 fine, a 30-day vehicle impoundment and associated fees, enrolment in the Responsible Drivers Program at a charge of $880, and an Ignition Interlock system installed for one year on your vehicle at a cost of $1,730. The total cost for this offence is at least $4,060. Two and three-year Ignition Interlock systems will be required for subsequent offences.

Even if the driver is not the registered owner, the vehicle will still be impounded.

Impaired drivers may even be arrested and charged under the Criminal Code of Canada and possibly receive a criminal record.

Alcohol affects your judgement, reaction time and coordination, your ability to steer, track moving objects, brake and control speed and lane position. On average, 126 lives are lost on British Columbia roads every year due to impaired driving.

 

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