by Cedric Hughes, Barrister & Solicitor with regular weekly contributions from Leslie McGuffin, LL.B.   

Impaired Driving and Provincial Law Enforcement

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Under the Canadian constitution, the federal government enacts the criminal law in the Criminal Code to apply in all the provinces and territories. Thus the Criminal Code impaired driving and related offences described in our previous article apply across the country.

Impaired Driving and Related Criminal Code Offences

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The holiday season is fast approaching which, for three reasons—eggnog, mulled wine and “a wee drop”—brings to mind the law of impaired driving. In a previous article we discussed why drinking and driving don’t mix. In this article, we will summarize briefly the related criminal offences enacted by Parliament to deter and penalize impaired driving. “Summarize briefly” is an important qualification.

Drinking and driving don’t mix

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A recent Statistics Canada report cited Vancouver as having one of the lowest rates of impaired driving charges—second only to Hamilton, Ontario— among major Canadian Cities. The same report also noted that the rate of alcohol-related accidents causing fatalities has decreased by half since 1986. This is good news but, sadly, not good enough. Impaired driving is still one of the major causes of crashes in BC killing over 100 people annually and injuring thousands more.

Parking Lot Parking

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Honking horns more so than silver bells, alas, herald “Christmas time in the city.” An estimated 20% of car crash claims are based on accidents in shopping mall parking lots. The holiday season is an important contributor to this statistic. The causes are obvious: too many cars, too many preoccupied drivers, too few parking spaces, and unpredictable vehicular and pedestrian traffic patterns.

Curbside Parking

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Parking can be nightmarish in the “most wonderful” shopping season of the year: finding a spot, shoehorning into it, paying a king’s ransom for it, getting back on time and then getting out of it. Navigation, detection, diplomacy, time and money management, wheel-handling—parking takes skill. Curbside parking is particularly challenging. 


Cedric Hughes

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