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Vancouver Criminal Law Blog

You've been pulled over for impaired driving. What's next?

Though the blood-alcohol content (BAC) limit for driving under the influence of alcohol is 0.08 in Canada, British Columbia law enforcement may issue criminal charges or an Immediate Roadside Prohibition (IRP) against drivers with a BAC of 0.05 or higher.

If the police reasonably suspect that you are over the legal BAC limit while you are driving or while you have care or control of a vehicle in British Columbia, they may legally require that you take a breathalyzer test. This includes those who are in the driver's seat and have the ability to operate the vehicle, even if the vehicle is parked.