January 23, 2018

BC’s drunk driving laws under the microscope

British Columbia's drinking and driving laws will once again be under the microscope starting tomorrow as the B.C. Court of Appeal begins hearing arguments on whether the laws are constitutional. The B.C. Civil Liberties Association is an intervener in the case. Raji Mangat with the BCCLA says the association will be arguing that the laws are … [Read more...]

Automatic Link converts your iPhone into a personal driving assistant (video)

That OBD II port that has been installed on just about every US-bound automobile since 1996? It's potential has just been tapped. For years, ambiguous dashboard lights have clued motorists in on internal issues, but driving to a body shop just to borrow a data port reader is so last decade. Enter the Automatic Link -- a simplistic nub that plugs … [Read more...]

Man handed lifetime driving ban for crash that killed a 23-year-old woman from Surrey

A 42-year-old man convicted of impaired driving causing death and dangerous driving causing bodily harm in December has been sentenced to three years in prison, and a lifetime driving ban. 23-year-old Vanessa Usak was killed when Stephen Jenkins’ car crossed the line in July 2008. A passenger in Usak's car was also seriously injured.  It … [Read more...]

Drunk driving review

About 35,000 people have been hit with roadside driving prohibitions since the Liberal government cracked down on drunk driving in 2011, but at least 1,100 of them will be getting some money back. Deputy Assistant Superintendent of Motor Vehicles Stephanie Melvin says the government will reimburse people who paid thousands for ignition interlock … [Read more...]

Mission residents seek to have 24-hour driving prohibitions overturned

Two Mission residents are asking a BC Supreme Court Judge to overturn their 24 hour driving prohibitions.          Harmeet Dhaliwal claims she was driving below the speed limit on Stave Lake Road November 12 when she was pulled over by a police officer. She says the officer questioned her about smoking … [Read more...]

Woman who pleaded guilty to impaired driving in the death of Kassandra Kaulius to be sentenced Friday

The woman who drove drunk in the crash that killed a young softball player in Surrey last year is set to learn her sentence Friday. Crown Counsel has argued Natasha Warren should spend three and a half years in prison for what happened back on May 3rd, 2011. That's the night Warren drank a bottle-and-a-half of wine, got behind the wheel, and sped … [Read more...]

Sentencing hearing underway in drunk driving case

A sentencing hearing is underway in Surrey for the drunk driver who caused the death of 22-year-old softball player Kassandra Kaulius. Family members and friends are wiping away tears as Crown counsel describes what happened on May 3, 2011. He says Natasha Warren left her house in a white van after drinking, and crashed into Kaulius' red BMW at 152 … [Read more...]

‘Tis the season for the RCMP Drinking Driving Counterattack Campaign

RCMP in the Lower Mainland are trying to curb impaired driving once again this holiday season with their annual Christmas Counterattack campaign. Corporal Robert McDonald says anybody that's been drinking should be prepared to be tested. And if someone fails, their vehicle will be impounded, and they'll receive a ninety day road prohibition. "This … [Read more...]

Appeal of Berner drunk driving conviction dismissed

The BC Court of appeal has dismissed Carol Berner's appeal of her drunk driving conviction. While the three-member court of appeal panel did find some errors with the original trial judge, they concluded that Berner's appeal would be dismissed. Carol Berner, who was out on bail, has now had her bail revoked and is beginning to serve her prison … [Read more...]

Delta named as defendant in impaired driving lawsuit

Delta taxpayers could be on the hook for damages in the car crash that killed four-year-old Alexa Middelaer in 2008. Alexa's aunt, Daphne Middelaer, has filed a lawsuit against Carol Berner, the woman convicted of impaired driving causing the little girl's death. Middelaer was standing with her neice on the grass near 64th street when they were … [Read more...]