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Impaired driving

If your activities involve drinking, plan ahead for a safe ride home. Arrange a designated driver, call a taxi or take transit, but don’t make plans with your car.

Don’t ruin your holiday fun

Seasonal get-togethers, office parties, and days on the slopes are some of the best ways to pass the chilly months. Whether it's after work or apres-ski, make the smart choice and plan to get home safely. Remember, the best time to decide how to get home responsibly is before you start drinking.

Police across the province will be looking for impaired drivers at CounterAttack roadchecks this winter. ICBC supports enforcement activities such as roadchecks to help make our roads safer for everyone.

The price of impaired driving

B.C. has the toughest drinking and driving laws in Canada. If you’re caught driving impaired, you could face these penalties:

  • Driving suspensions from 24 hours to 90 days
  • Vehicle impoundment
  • Fines, from $600 and up to $4,060
  • Jail time
  • Mandatory rehabilitation
  • Installation of ignition interlock in your vehicle

You may also have to pay a Driver Risk Premium, on top of your insurance.

If you crash while driving impaired, you're likely in breach of your insurance policy. That means you could be personally responsible for 100 per cent of the costs if you damage someone else's property or injure them.

Plan ahead

Getting home safe is a shared responsibility. Take your turn being the designated driver – your friends and family will thank you. If no one is able to be a designated driver, consider taking a taxi, transit, or calling Operation Red Nose (if available in your community).

When you drink and drive, you not only risk your life but those of others on the road. With so many options to get home safely, there is no excuse to drive while impaired.

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