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Then and now: The changing penalties for impaired driving in B.C.

A Victoria Police Reserve Constable looks at a driver's license during a check stop on Yates St. in downtown Victoria.

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The changing penalties for impaired driving in B.C. for a first-time offence:

Penalties escalate for repeat offenders.

A driver is in the warn range with a blood alcohol content of .05 – .08.

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A driver is in the fail range over .08.

Prior to September, 2010:

Warn

Driver's licence immediately suspended for 24 hours

Vehicle impounded for 24 hours

Fail

Driver's licence immediately suspended for 24 hours

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Notice of a 90-day licence suspension, subject to appeal

Vehicle impounded for 24 hours

Possible criminal charges

September, 2010 – November, 2011:

Warn

Driver's licence immediately suspended for three days

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Vehicle impounded for three days

$600 in penalties

Fail

Driver's licence immediately suspended for 90 days

Vehicle impounded for 30 days

Required to take responsible driver program

One year with an ignition interlock device

$3,750 in penalties

Current:

Warn

Driver's licence immediately suspended for three days

Vehicle impounded for three days

$600 in penalties

Fail

Driver's licence immediately suspended for 24 hours

Notice of a 90-day licence suspension, subject to appeal

Vehicle impounded for 24 hours

Possible criminal charges

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