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Is third-party liability a significant driver of auto claims costs?

August 10, 2023 by Jason Contant

Subrogation for third-party liability (TPL) in Saskatchewan doesn’t appear to have a significant impact on the cost of insurance for drivers in the province, a Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI) spokesperson suggested to Canadian Underwriter.  In Saskatchewan, the public insurer subrogates

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Province denies third-party liability coverage for impaired drivers

July 26, 2023 by Jason Contant

Impaired drivers in Manitoba who are involved in collisions will be denied third-party liability coverage, and will be responsible for covering the cost of any damage they cause to other vehicles or property under new rules in the province. Manitoba

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Latest Supreme Court ruling may reduce liability risk due to impaired drivers

March 27, 2023 by David Gambrill

Canada’s top court has restored the impaired driving conviction of an Ontario ATV driver, whose Charter rights were violated when the police pulled him over on a shared private driveway instead of a public highway. The case is of interest

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Number of impaired drivers issues alarm bell for insurer

August 29, 2022 by Alyssa DiSabatino

Saskatchewan Government Insurance statistics show a record this year in impaired driving offences.  The province’s law enforcement stopped 497 impaired drivers, including 292 drivers who were charged with Criminal Code offences this July, according to SGI’s Traffic Safety Spotlight.  “While

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How insurers view Quebec’s new tough-love drunk driving laws

November 27, 2019 by Jason Contant

Drivers in Quebec who are found guilty of a second impaired driving offence will be required to drive vehicles equipped with an alcohol ignition interlock device for the rest of their lives, the province’s government-run accident benefit provider said Monday.

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Judge in Calgary drunk driving case worried about attitude to impaired driving

September 16, 2019 THE CANADIAN PRESS

CALGARY – A Calgary judge who has ordered a lengthy prison term for a woman convicted in a drunk-driving crash that killed a young man says Canadians are not getting the message about the dangers of driving impaired. Court of

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Homeowner sued by victims of impaired driving accident

November 12, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

A host liability lawsuit, arising from a fatal drunk driving accident, is proceeding to trial in Ontario. A recent Court of Appeal for Ontario ruling shows judges disagree on how the 2006 Supreme Court of Canada ruling in Childs v. 

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Novel concept of ‘impaired by distraction’ quashed by Supreme Court of Canada

July 4, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

Driving while engrossed in a heated conversation may be a form of distraction, but is not a form of impairment, the Supreme Court of Canada suggested in a divided ruling released Friday. In May 2013, a toddler died after an

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Traffic stop “perfectly legal,” Ontario appeal court rules in impaired driving case

June 28, 2018 Colin Perkel - THE CANADIAN PRESS

TORONTO – A man found to have been driving drunk has been convicted even though the police officer who stopped him was looking for another suspected impaired driver. In a ruling setting aside two lower court decisions, Ontario’s top court

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Can motorists raise doubts about accuracy of a breathalyzer test?

January 31, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

When a motorist is charged with impaired driving, the Crown attorney should not automatically have to gather and turn over to the defendant all maintenance records on the breathalyzer that was used in the case, the Ontario government suggests. The

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Government insurer sees drunk driving offences plunge

January 22, 2018 by Jason Contant

December 2017 saw the lowest number of impaired driving offences reported that month in the four years since Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI) began doing its monthly traffic safety spotlights, even with increased enforcement. “Overall, we think attitudes are changing in

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New Brunswick to impose new measures for impaired drivers starting Nov. 1

October 19, 2017 The Canadian Press (CPSTF)

FREDERICTON – New Brunswick will seize drunk drivers’ cars for up to two months under a law that comes into force Nov. 1 Public Safety Minister Denis Landry says the new law will make the province one of the country’s