Learn The Figure That Equates With Impaired Driving

In British Columbia, it is not illegal to drive after drinking alcohol, but it is illegal to drive, if your blood alcohol content (BAC) exceeds a certain limit. Drivers have been provided with a figure that specifies the boundaries defined by that limit. Drivers that cross such boundaries can be charged with impaired driving.

What figure equates with impaired driving?

The government of Canada can place that charge on any driver that has a BAC of more than 0.08%. Drivers in British Columbia get held to a higher standard. The Provincial government has the right to charge any driver with a BAC of more than 0.05% with impaired driving.

How can the government know a driver’s BAC?

According to Canadian law, every driver has been issued an obligation, an obligation to comply with any demand for testing. That testing could be carried-out with either a roadside screening device or a breathalyzer test. The breathalyzer test could get performed at a police headquarters, rather than at a spot by the side of the road.

In the past, the government has used those two tests on volunteers, who had consumed a moderate amount of alcohol. The figure showing on the testing device could then get compared to the same volunteer’s BAC, as shown by results from a blood test. Repeated comparisons would allow the police to interpret the readings from either of the two possible testing procedures.

Can illegal drugs act as an impairment to a driver’s skills and abilities?

Yes, illegal drugs can have that effect. For that reason, the police can perform a sobriety test on any driver. Drivers that fail such a test must face the consequences. Those same drivers could be told that their driving privileges would be taken from them for a period of 24 hours.

Why should a personal injury lawyer care whether or not a given motorist was charged with impaired driving?

That same motorist might have caused a motor vehicle accident. Moreover, the lawyer’s client might have been injured in the same accident. The charge placed against the motorist should allow the lawyer to seek a larger compensation package for the injured client.

ICBC Lawyers in Abbotsford study a defendant’s driving record, to see whether or not that same defendant was a chronic drunk driver. That is someone who frequently sits in the driver’s seat, while having a BAC of 0.15% or higher. Those drivers tend to become a danger on the road on at least 4 occasions during the course of a single week. If one of those drunk drivers has hit an attorney’s client, that same attorney will try to obtain a sizeable award for anyone that was in the hit and damaged vehicle.