NEWS RELEASE · 26th July 2011
This past weekend (Friday, July 22 and Saturday, July 23), the Kitimat RCMP investigated 6 Impaired Driving matters. All 6 met the standard for the new Immediate Roadside Prohibition (IRP) under BC's new drinking and driving laws. This meant, instead of being arrested for Impaired Driving and brought back to the Detachment to provide samples of breath then being released for a court date at a later time, the drivers were instead given, while roadside, a 90 day driving prohibition and had their vehicles impounded for 30 days.
The penalty for this is a $500 fine and a $250 license reinstatement fee following the prohibition. As well, there is the cost of the tow and the impound fees to store your vehicle for 30 days. In addition, the driver has to register in the Responsible Driver Program (and pay the prescribed program fee), and register for the Ignition Interlock Program (and pay for the installation of the ignition interlock device and the prescribed program fee).
The Kitimat RCMP would like to remind people to drink responsibly and arrange or choose alternate ways to get around. A designated driver, a $10 or $15 cab ride, or a 30 minute walk home is much better then being stopped by the RCMP when you have had too much to drink.
The Penalties are Appropriate - but ...
Comment by Roy Harding on 29th July 2011
I fully support the penalties being imposed, BUT ...
I have a problem with roadside summary "justice", which depends upon equipment which may or not be properly maintained and calibrated.
IF there is a desire to impose penalties upon people for driving with levels of blood alcohol greater than .05%, then the (Federal) criminal law needs to be changed. At the moment, it is a criminal offence to be operating a vehicle while having a blood alcohol content of .08% or greater. Anything less than .08 is not a criminal offence, but in this province is treated (almost) as such - the only difference is that one doesn't acquire a criminal record.
The current system assumes that an individual is guilty - and I'll grant that most are - WITHOUT recourse to the justice system. And THAT is the problem I have with it.
Comment by Dave on 29th July 2011
Hey how about not drinking and driving and then you can keep your "copius amounts of hard earned dollars". Frankly losing ones license for life is much too extreme I find this unreasonable for some who choose to drive drunk and make a poor judgement call and they should not be punished for life. When you say "fighting for the right to be innocent". Are you kidding me? They should just not drink and drive and then they would be innocent.
Its so simple, don't drink and drive and guess what....this is a tough concept I know....you won't get arrested for impaired driving!! Its that simple!!
Its good to know there are people like you that are fighting hard for the guilty.
Comment by bseachamp on 27th July 2011
I believe that is most blatent instatement of more bs taxes to the hard working taxpayer. Those 6 people that are subjected to this should be spending their walking time productively. Like maybe following off duty rcmp around and citizen arresting them as they leave their friends houses after a couple of beers. While they are at it they could also follow the lawyers and judges around too ( those with "special rights").
They are trampling our rights-you are convicted of all this stuff on the side of the road and then spending copius amounts of hard earned dollars fighting for the right to be innocent.
If they truly wanted the problem stopped they would go to zero tolerance- 1 strike and lose your licence for life.
In fact all the government cares about is the revenue that this creates so they can go on high fiving each other over their bloated pensions........
Good to see this in action!
Comment by James T on 27th July 2011
Now, hopefully this will have people more aware of the damage to their pocket they will be doing if they D&D. It makes me happy when I see stricter and stricter laws being passed when it comes to Drinking while Driving. I hope this will be one of the last straws the government will have to pull to keep the people off the road while on a night out.