Impaired Driving

Impaired driving continues to take a deadly toll on our roads. Impairment includes alcohol, illicit drugs and medicines.

In an average year in B.C.:

  • 86 people die in motor vehicle crashes involving impaired driving.
  • Impairment remains in the top three contributing factors for fatal car crashes.
  • Approximately 27% of motor vehicle fatalities are related to impaired driving.

Other impaired driving stats to keep in mind:

  • Most impaired-related crashes (59%) occur on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday.
  • Almost half (43%) take place between 9 p.m. and 3 a.m.

If you’re going to be drinking, make sure you have a sober designated driver, money for transit or taxi, a place to stay overnight, or a friend or family member you can call for a ride.

10 Signs of a Suspected Impaired Driver

  • Driving unreasonably fast, slow or at inconsistent speeds
  • Slowly driving in and out of lanes
  • Driving without headlights, failing to lower high-beams or leaving turn signals on
  • Tailgating and changing lanes frequently at excessive speeds
  • Making wide turns, changing lanes or passing without sufficient clearance
  • Overshooting, stopping well before or disregarding signals and signs
  • Approaching signals or leaving intersections too quickly or slowly
  • Driving with windows open in cold or inclement weather
  • Stopping without cause in a live traffic lane
  • Driving in a low gear for no apparent reason or frequently grinding gears

Calling 911 – What you need to know

If driving safely pull over and park or have a passenger call 911Provide 911 with:

  • Location
  • Description of vehicles (licence plate, colour, make and model)
  • Direction of travel
  • Description of observed driver behaviour (swerving etc.)
  • Description of driver and other vehicle occupants
  • Estimated time delay

When phoning 911 you will reach a call-taker who works in partnership with a dispatcher; while the call-taker is asking you specific questions the information being recorded is also being sent electronically to a dispatcher who is assigning the call to the police. The call-takers and dispatchers receive extensive training for their rolls; the process and types of questions they ask of callers is to obtain the most amount of information in an orderly, efficient and timely process.

Visit MADD Canada to learn how to get involved in your community; victim support; and program details

Visit the Government of BC site to learn details on prohibitions and suspensions

Visit ICBC to learn more facts on impaired driving