The VH3 Blood Alcohol Content BC Penalties

 

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PASS - under .05 BAC At any time.

No penalty.

  WARNING - between 0.05 and 0.08 per cent BAC. The first time within a five-year period
  • You will lose your driverís licence for three days.
  • You may also lose your vehicle for three days. If you do, you will pay all related towing and storage fees.
  • You will pay a $200 administrative driving penalty and a $250 driver's licence reinstatement fee.
 
  The second time within a five-year period
  • You will lose your driverís licence immediately, for seven days.
  • You may also lose your vehicle for seven days. If you do, you will pay all related towing and storage fees.
  • You will pay a $300 penalty and a $250 driver's licence reinstatement fee.
  The third time within a five-year period
  • You will lose your driverís licence and your vehicle immediately, for 30 days.
  • You will pay all related towing and storage fees.
  • You will pay a $400 administrative driving penalty and a $250 driver's licence reinstatement fee.
  • To regain your driving privileges, you will have to complete the Responsible Drivers Program [PDF] and have to use an Ignition Interlock Device [PDF] whenever you drive, for one full year, following your driving suspension.
FAIL or refuse to provide a breath sample - your BAC is above 0.08 % At any time.
  • You will immediately lose your driverís licence for 90 days and your vehicle for 30 days.
  • You will pay all related towing and storage fees.
  • You will pay a $500 administrative driving penalty and a $250 driver's licence reinstatement fee.
  • To regain your driving privileges, you will have to complete the Responsible Drivers Program [PDF] and have to use an Ignition Interlock Device [PDF] whenever you drive, for one full year, following your driving suspension.
  • In all, you will face administrative sanctions that will cost you about $3,750 before you can legally operate a motor vehicle again in B.C.
  • You may also face charges under the Criminal Code of Canada.