Happy Canada day from the icandrive.ca team – Stay safe behind the wheel

Published on Jul 01, 2014
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There are so many reasons to be proud to live in Canada. We are one of the most culturally diverse nations in the world yet when it comes to July 1st we all stand together and proudly uphold our love for all things red and white. From our breathtaking natural landscapes and love for hockey and ice to our somewhat patriotic addiction to Tim Hortons we are truly unique in how we celebrate.

As you celebrate Canada Day 2014 one of the most important things to be aware of is drinking and driving and the associated consequences which can put a serious damper on any celebration. Driving under the influence whether behind the wheel of a car, boat or motorcycle is a serious offence in Canada and it's useful to be aware of the following guidelines

  • If you are a driver on a graduated license system such as a G1 or G2 your blood alcohol level must be zero at all times while driving
  • The legal limit for alcohol in Canada for a fully licensed driver is 0.08 (This means that your blood alcohol level cannot exceed 80 mg per 100 ml of blood). There is no set number of drinks that will result in this amount; even one drink can put many drivers over the limit. A BAC(Blood Alcohol Concentration) between .05 and .08 can also result in charges
  • You can be charged with a DUI (Driving under the influence) with or without a breathalyzer test, and refusal to take the test is a violation on its own. All that is required for a DUI charge is for the arresting officer to have good reason to believe you are intoxicated based on their judgement
  • Each Canadian province has its own laws regarding DUI's and the consequences can vary depending on the circumstances and severity of incident from an immediate suspension of your license to fines and even possibly jail time
  • DUI's have a very serious impact of any future insurance quotes you may receive
  • Lastly the legal and insurance ramifications are not the worst possible consequences of driving while impaired. Impaired driving is in fact among the most common factors contributing to fatal car crashes. Staying sober when you have to drive is always the best policy

Some tips to manage drinking this Canada Day 2014:

  • If you are drinking, drink responsibly: Choose a designated driver before you go out, use public transportation or call a taxi and if you have to, hide keys for friends who you think may be impaired
  • If your throwing a party plan ahead: Serve non-alcoholic beverages as well, serve plenty of food to help slow down the alcohol absorption, stop serving alcohol well before the party ends and make sure you have an alternate plan of transportation for guests
  • Know the signs to help detect for impaired driving:
    • Making wide turns
    • Weaving, swerving, drifting, or straddling the center line
    • Almost striking an object or vehicle
    • Driving on the wrong side of the road
    • Driving at a very slow speed
    • Stopping without cause
    • Braking erratically
    • Responding slowly to traffic signals
    • Turning abruptly or illegally
    • Driving after dark with headlights off

Being aware and being careful is the best way to stay safe this Canada Day 2014. Keeping these things in mind could make the difference between a fun holiday and a serious situation. As citizens of Canada and generally as a community of drivers we have a responsibility to ourselves and those around us to keep our roads safe.

From all of us at icandrive.ca Happy Canada Day!

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