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What an expert is calling one of the toughest penalties for impaired drivers

November 26, 2019 Morgan Lowrie - THE CANADIAN PRESS

MONTREAL – Quebec is bringing in a new measure for impaired drivers that will require repeat offenders to pass a breathalyzer every time they drive, in what one expert describes as among the toughest policies in the country. Beginning Nov.

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Why 24-hour driving bans have lawyers arguing in this province

September 18, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Despite a “poorly-worded” section of the British Columbia Motor Vehicle Act, a 24-hour driving prohibition against a suspected impaired driver has been restored in a recent appeal court ruling. In July of 2017, Patrick George Franlin Evans was told by

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First conviction in Canada for driving a canoe while impaired causing death

August 30, 2019 by David Gambrill

For the first time in Canada, someone has been convicted of impaired driving charges causing death while paddling a canoe. “This is a unique case in that it is the first time [that] charges have been prosecuted respecting the operation

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Bartenders’ liability for impaired driving accidents – civil versus criminal

May 22, 2019 Paola Loriggio - THE CANADIAN PRESS

Legal experts say criminal charges like those laid against a former bar server in connection with a drunk-driving crash that killed two Ottawa-area teens are rare and difficult to prove. Ann Senack, 62, of Greater Madawaska Township, was charged in

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Drinking and boating accident sparks disagreement among judges

December 18, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

In a recent divided ruling over the constitutional rights of drivers suspected of being impaired after causing an accident, the Supreme Court of Canada has narrowly upheld the conviction of an Ontario woman who operated a boat after drinking. R.

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Industry urged to marijuana-proof policy wording

November 17, 2017 Jason Contant, Online Editor

An insurance defence lawyer is encouraging the industry in Alberta to check their policy wordings after the province’s proposed new sanctions for cannabis-impaired and cannabis/alcohol-impaired driving offences. “At this stage, the most immediate impact of the new legislation on property

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Some motorists under the influence of marijuana believe they can drive safely: poll

May 18, 2016 by Angela Stelmakowich

More than four in 10 polled Canadians who have driven under the influence of marijuana reported they believe there was no impact on their ability to drive safely, indicate results of a State Farm Canada survey released Tuesday. Results –

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Tired of Losses

May 1, 2016 Greg Meckbach, Associate Editor

Driver distraction and fatigue are believed to be the root causes of many large auto losses. Even when drivers have their eyes on the road, the mere act of talking on a hands-free wireless device can adversely affect both field of vision and the ability to concentrate on the task of driving, one risk management expert cautions. While hours of service regulations stipulate the amount of rest that commercial drivers must have, one sleep expert warns that sleeping at the right time is just as important as getting the right amount of sleep.