Vancouverites yearn for this time of year; the sun is out, the days are longer, and the season of weddings and BBQing is in full swing. From beach bumming, to bike riding, it’s hard to find someone that isn’t taking advantage of the sunny weather. For many, packing sunscreen, towels, and a cooler of beers are considered summer essentials. It is important to plan ahead to avoid impaired driving.
Impaired Driving- One Drink May Be Over The Limit
If you’ve agreed to be the designated driver, indulging in just one beer or glass of wine may seem perfectly fine. However, ICBC has recently enforced new laws for impaired driving. Now it doesn’t take much alcohol to be considered impaired.
With a Class 5 license, if you blow between 0.0-0.049, your blood alcohol is in the ‘warn’ range. At the officer’s discretion, you could receive a 12 to 24 hour prohibition. With your Class 7 (a ‘New’ driver) there is absolutely zero tolerance. Even .01 is enough to have your license taken away and your car impounded immediately.
If you are caught driving under the influence for the first time, your driver’s license is seized and you are prohibited from driving for three days. Your vehicle may also be impounded for three days in which case you are required to pay for all towing and storage costs as well as a $200 penalty. Along with ICBC penalty points added to your record, you’ll have to apply to have your driver’s license reinstated if you wish to drive again. If this isn’t your first time getting caught or your alcohol limit is over 0.08, the penalties are much more severe. You could be charged with a criminal offence, lose your license for at least 90 days, and pay a minimum $1,000 fine.
Being Vancouver motor vehicle accident lawyers, we’ve seen countless car accidents, injuries and fatalities, caused by someone else’s decision to drive impaired. Now that one alcoholic beverage is enough to blow over the legal limit, it’s simply not worth it. If you are planning on heading to a wedding or party this summer, arrange for a designated driver, call a cab, or take transit to ensure you arrive home safely. After all, a $20 taxi ride sure beats being the cause of a car accident with life long implications, car accident injuries and possibly death.
Klein Lawyers supports MADD Metro Vancouver to eliminate car accidents in BC caused by drinking and driving.
Special Occasion Resources from ICBC:
Use this handy Special Event Permit Kit to help your guests get home safely.