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 summer fun
Festival outings, barbeque parties, and cool cocktails are some of the best ways to enjoy the warm summer months.
Sadly, each year in B.C., 66 people die in crashes involving impaired driving, and almost half of those deaths happen during this season.
So, whether it's after work or play, 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 summer. ICBC supports enforcement activities such as roadchecks to help make our roads safer for everyone.
If you’re hosting an event
Will you be serving alcohol at an event you’re hosting, such as a wedding, reunion, or another gathering this summer? You can order a free
Special Event Permit Kit to encourage your guests to get home safely.
Your kit will include posters, tent cards for table tops, and non-alcoholic drink tickets.
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:
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.
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, there are still plenty of options for you to get home. Leave your car overnight and consider taking a taxi, transit, or calling a friend.
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.