Impaired Driving

Although COVID-19 has changed a lot of things, the law remains the same – if you’ve been drinking, don’t drive.

ICBC and police across the province are encouraging drivers to be responsible, and police will be looking for impaired drivers at CounterAttack road-checks.

Impaired driving is the leading criminal cause of death in Canada and one of the top three contributing factors of fatal crashes in B.C.

ICBC continues to work to reduce impaired driving by supporting enhanced police enforcement and local community events with ‘Get Home Safe’ material.

The Rules

  • It’s a criminal offence in Canada to drive while impaired by alcohol or drugs.
  • Police can demand a breath sample from any driver they lawfully stop, not just if they suspect a driver has been drinking.
  • Penalties for impaired driving offences include immediate roadside prohibitions such as 24-hour to 90-day driving suspensions, vehicle impoundments, fines, jail time, impacts on your insurance and more.

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