- B.C.'s ground-breaking Immediate Roadside Prohibition (IRP) law deters people from drinking and driving and enables police to remove drivers affected by alcohol immediately from the road.
- The law protects public safety and saves lives through tough roadside penalties, including immediate driving prohibitions, vehicle impoundments, and financial penalties.
- B.C. has led the way nationally on tackling this issue and the results speak for themselves - an estimated 238 lives saved and a 52% reduction in alcohol-related motor vehicle fatalities since the IRP Program began in 2010.
- In 2015, the Province introduced amendments to the Motor Vehicle Act that will enhance and safeguard the life-saving benefits of B.C.'s road safety programs, including the IRP program. These amendments will do three things: improve fairness and transparency, respond to direction from the court, and ensure the continued toughness of our drinking and driving laws.
- UVIC's Centre for Addictions Research of BC (CARBC) gave B.C. the top ranking among Canadian provinces when it comes to drinking and driving policies.
- A CARBC study also shows that, beyond the lives this law has helped save, it has also resulted in significant declines in injuries (23%) and property damage (19.5%).
- In a 2012 Roadside Alcohol and Drug Survey, more than 82 per cent of drivers said they were aware of the IRP sanctions and 90% said they felt the legislation would make roads safer.
- On average, over 1,500 drivers in B.C. are issued an IRP for drinking and driving each month.
- As of Jan. 31, 2015:
- More than 81,000 IRPs have been issued since the program's inception in September 2010.
- Of the total number of IRPs issued, over 28,500 drivers blew in the "warn" range and over 52,500 blew in the "fail" range, or refused to provide a breath sample.
- Between January 2011 and April 2014, an estimated 21,422 Criminal Code cases were diverted from the court system to an administrative process as a result of the IRP program.
- We've seen an estimated reduction of 6,000 Criminal Code Impaired Driving court cases each year since the implementation of the IRP program.
CARBC news release on the effectiveness of B.C.'s drinking and driving law: http://www.carbc.ca/Portals/0/PropertyAgent/714/Files/332/130612MediaRelease.pdf
View the CARBC report on alcohol-related harms and costs: http://www.carbc.ca/Portals/0/PropertyAgent/558/Files/335/Bulletin%202013-08.pdf
View the BC Roadside Alcohol and Drug Survey:
The U.S. Public Broadcasting Service story about the success of the IRP program: www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/law/jan-june14/vancouverdd_01-05.html
Ministry of Justice
Government Communications and Public Engagement