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​​​​​​​​​​​​Alcohol-impaired driving

If your activities involve drinking, plan ahead for a safe ride home. If you’ve been drinking at home, stay home and don’t drive.

When you drink and drive, you not only risk your life but the lives of others on the road.​

Decide how to get home responsibly​ before you start drinking

Every year in B.C., 64 people die in crashes involving impaired​ driving. Almost a third of these happen in the summer and some occur during the December holidays.

Police across the province look for impaired drivers at CounterAttack roadchecks during summer and winter. ICBC supports enforcement activities such as roadchecks to help make our roads safer for everyone.

Tips to get home safely​​

  • Take a taxi or ride-hailing service. Leave your car at home or parked overnight and pick it up the next day.
  • Take transit. Plan your routes before you go so you know how to get home safely.
  • Call a friend or take turns being the designated driver.

The cost ​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 percent of the costs if you damage someone else's property or injure them.

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