Newspapers are full of the new heightened administrative penalties for blowing over the limit(s) in Canada's left coast province of British Columbia. Here is a good explanation of what the new rules look like:
Anyone who fails a roadside breath test will face a 90-day driving ban, a $500 fine and 30-day vehicle impoundment. Add in other fines and fees for towing and education and that second beer with dinner could end up costing more than $3,700. Higher fines are also in store for people who blow a “warn” — defined as a reading between 0.05 and 0.08 blood-alcohol content. This could lead to a three-day driving ban and a $200 administrative penalty. Previously, the punishment handed out by police for either infraction was a 24-hour roadside suspension.
The Vancouver Sun illustrated the new rules by one of the best ways imaginable: pouring some beer into people and having them run through the new testing devices. Interesting to note that it took a tall skinny guys of 148 pounds four drinks to blow over .08. Maybe we need to have weight indexed drunk driving laws as I wouldn't have driven a car after four drinks but I still would have blown less that Mr. Skinny given I am, shall we say, more of me than he is.
Interesting to note that drunk driving convictions seem to have gone up in BC over the last few years but that is likely due to the increased complexity of the laws against it. Will fewer people drive drunk because of these rules? I hope so. Taxi stats proving it would be nice, however.