Earlier this summer we posted notice that Canada’s toughest drinking-and-driving penalties would soon come into effect in B.C. As of this past Monday, September 20, those penalties are now in place by way of Bill 14, amending the Motor Vehicle Act. Motorists now face progressively harsh penalties, depending on whether they fall in the “warn” range (between 0.05 and 0.08 blood-alcohol content) or in the “fail” range (over 0.08 blood-alcohol content) or refuse to provide a breath test at the roadside. The sanctions for each of these are outlined in the Backgrounder at the end of the last week’s press release from The Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General.
The amendments also address speeding, as also noted in the press release: Motorists “driving 40 km/h over the posted speed limit – will have their vehicle impounded for seven days and face escalating penalties for repeat offences. Impoundment is in addition to existing penalties for excessive speeding, which include fines, penalty points and increased premiums.”
More information is available in the press release and on the website of the Office of the Superintendent of Motor Vehicles.