Impaired Driving

What does it mean?

If you’re like most people, your answer is probably “drinking driving”. And, you’re right – at least partly right.  Impaired driving includes driving after consuming alcohol but it’s also caused by anything that reduces your ability to react appropriately to dangerous traffic situations.

Didn’t think it was a problem anymore?

Think again.  Have you ever driven:

  •  While you were tired?
  •  After taking an over-the-counter cold medication?
  •  After consuming alcohol?

If you said yes to any of the these questions, you may have been an impaired driver.  And you’re not alone.

BC drivers still drink and drive

Impaired driving has devastating results.  The toll in terms of deaths and serious injuries is staggering and while the numbers have dropped over the past 25 years, recently the improvement seems to have levelled off.  Each year, over 130 people die in BC alcohol-related crashes and almost one third of British Columbians have a family member or close friend who has been the victim of a drinking and driving crash that they did not cause.

A recent survey found that more British Columbians report driving when they thought they were over the legal limit than residents of any other Canadian jurisdiction.  One in five BC drivers said they had driven at least once in the previous month after consuming one or more drinks.  Impaired driving is still a big problem in BC.

The good news

You can have a great deal of control over your own level of risk when it comes to impaired driving.  There are many things you can do to protect yourself  and your family and friends from the risks caused by impaired driving.