Drunk Driving Laws are Getting Stricter in Vancouver | Automotive Training Centre

In the month of July alone, 37 drivers were given driving prohibitions due to driving under the influence.

A considerable number of those who were stopped and penalized were new drivers.  As we all know, British Columbia law states that new drivers are not allowed to operate a vehicle with any alcohol in their system for the entire first year after getting their licence.

As of late last year, B.C. became the province with the strictest impaired driving laws in all of Canada. Match that with the weekend blitzes that Vancouver police put into place randomly throughout the summer, and what you get is a spike in the number of offenders.

Depending on the severity of their infraction, drivers could face driving prohibitions of up to 90 days and fines of up to $5,000. Some may even be required to pay for and have an ignition interlock device installed into their car. As all of the automotive service technician buffs know, an interlock device connects a breathalyzer test directly to the ignition. The ignition will remain locked if the driver fails to pass the breathalyzer test.

These rules may seem tough, but they’re not. The second any of us get behind the wheel, our responsibility to be safe is not only for our own benefit, but also for the benefit of every single other driver, cyclists, motorist and pedestrian out on the road. If you drive drunk, you automatically fail to fulfill this responsibility, and frankly, anyone who can’t drive safely shouldn’t drive at all. And any auto body collision estimator or technician will be the first to say that the damage drunk driving leads to is just not worth that extra beer.

The B.C. Justice Ministry has announced that they are devoting an additional $1 million toward B.C.’s impaired driving laws. Do you think this is a good thing or a bad thing? Can stricter laws have an effect on automotive colleges in any way? Let us know!

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