British Columbia has one of the toughest drinking and driving laws in Canada. According to ICBC you could face the following penalties if caught driving impaired:
Driving suspensions from 24 hours to 90 days
Fines, from $600 and up to $4,060
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 per cent of the costs if you damage someone else’s property or injure them.
Here’s how you can take a proactive approach to avoid such penalties and risking your and someone else’s lives:
1) Plan in Advance
You can plan in advance and make proper arrangements with a shared ride or pre book a designated ride to ensure you can enjoy the night without worrying about drunk driving and leaving your car behind.
2) Hire Designated Drivers
Never risk it with drunk driving. There are many popular designated driver service companies that can give you a safe ride home. They ensure you and your car reach home safe and on time.
3) Request the Club Manager to Arrange a Designated Ride
If you, your friend or someone in need seems like they are not in a state to drive, always take the necessary step and request the manager of the pub or the club to arrange a Designated Ride as most popular designated rides are already waiting outside the bars.