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Alcohol and the Law


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alcohol and law

According to ICBC, more than four million Canadians admit to having driven after drinking. Each year, about 12.5 million trips are made by people who thought they'd had too much to drink.

Approximately 35% of fatal vehicle crashes involve alcohol.

The percentage of Canadian drivers killed in vehicle crashes who test positive for drugs (40%) now actually exceeds the numbers who test positive for alcohol.

Among those who have driven while impaired, 4 in 10 downplayed the risks by either indicating that driving while under the influence of cannabis is less dangerous than driving while under the influence of alcohol (25%) or that driving while under the influence of cannabis poses no real risk (17%).

Courts in British Columbia have assigned up to 50% of the blame to establishments that allow intoxicated patrons to drink and drive and then cause injury or death to other citizens.

When intoxicated patrons injure themselves due to hazardous conditions or activities on the licensees’ premises, courts in BC have assigned up to 75% of the blame to the establishment.