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A Victoria Police Reserve Constable looks at a driver's license during a check stop on Yates St. in downtown Victoria. (Chad Hipolito For The Globe And Mail/Chad Hipolito For The Globe And Mail)
A Victoria Police Reserve Constable looks at a driver's license during a check stop on Yates St. in downtown Victoria. (Chad Hipolito For The Globe And Mail/Chad Hipolito For The Globe And Mail)

Then and now: The changing penalties for impaired driving in B.C. Add to ...

The changing penalties for impaired driving in B.C. for a first-time offence:

Penalties escalate for repeat offenders.

A driver is in the warn range with a blood alcohol content of .05 – .08.

A driver is in the fail range over .08.

Prior to September, 2010:

Warn

Driver's licence immediately suspended for 24 hours

Vehicle impounded for 24 hours

Fail

Driver's licence immediately suspended for 24 hours

Notice of a 90-day licence suspension, subject to appeal

Vehicle impounded for 24 hours

Possible criminal charges

September, 2010 – November, 2011:

Warn

Driver's licence immediately suspended for three days

Vehicle impounded for three days

$600 in penalties

Fail

Driver's licence immediately suspended for 90 days

Vehicle impounded for 30 days

Required to take responsible driver program

One year with an ignition interlock device

$3,750 in penalties

Current:

Warn

Driver's licence immediately suspended for three days

Vehicle impounded for three days

$600 in penalties

Fail

Driver's licence immediately suspended for 24 hours

Notice of a 90-day licence suspension, subject to appeal

Vehicle impounded for 24 hours

Possible criminal charges

 

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