Driving impaired greatly increases the risk of a serious accident. It's why driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is a crime under the Criminal Code of Canada. Each and every time a person chooses to get behind the wheel while impaired, they're not only risking their own life, but the lives of others.
According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Canada, an average of four people are killed each day in crashes involving alcohol and/or drugs. In fact, crashes involving impaired driving are the leading criminal cause of death in Canada. In the United States, the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention says that 28 people die in motor vehicle crashes that involve an alcohol-impaired driver every day in the U.S. This works out to one death every 51 minutes.
BAC, or Blood Alcohol Concentration, is the amount of alcohol in your blood. If your BAC is 0.05 per cent, that means you have 50 milligrams of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood. Each drink consumed within a certain time frame increases your BAC.
In Canada, the Criminal Code BAC limit is 0.08 per cent. At this level, Criminal Code impaired driving charges can be laid. But just about every province and territory in Canada has administrative laws for drivers whose BACs are 0.05 per cent and over. According to author Christine Van Tuyl in the book Drunk Driving, it takes approximately six hours after drinking for the body to completely eliminate alcohol from its system with a BAC level of 0.08 per cent.
In addition to possible injury or loss of life, the consequences of impaired driving includes loss of licence, mandatory education, hefty fines, jail time and/or a criminal record. The RCMP has made impaired driving an operational priority. Through a series of nationally co-ordinated impaired driving enforcement days, awareness campaigns and partner engagement, the RCMP continues to work to stop alcohol- and drug- impaired drivers.
Many factors can affect your blood alcohol level:
how fast you drink
whether you're male or female
your body weight and/or the amount of food in your stomach
Statistics Canada reports the impaired driving rate in 2015 was 65 per cent lower than the rate 1986 (577 incidents per 100,000 population) and four per cent lower than the rate observed in 2014 (210 per 100,000 population).
In contrast to alcohol-impaired driving, the number of drug-impaired driving incidents has been rising since 2009. Drug-impaired driving rose from two per cent of all impaired driving incidents in 2009 to four per cent in 2015.
According to the RCMP, driving after using drugs, including prescription drugs, is just as dangerous as drinking and driving. Drug Recognition Experts can determine if a person is under the influence of a drug and can charge that person with drug-impaired driving. Among the police-reported impaired driving incidents in 2015, nearly 3,000 involved drug-impaired driving, including seven incidents causing death and 19 causing bodily harm. The Ontario Ministry of Transportation advises asking a doctor or a pharmacist about the side effects related to driving when using prescription medication. As well, ask a doctor or pharmacist about how a prescription drug might react when mixed with alcohol.
Although there has consistently been a lower rate of impaired driving among women compared to men, impaired-driving incidents among women have increased in the past two decades, says the Traffic Injury Research Foundation (TIRF). In 2015, women accounted for one in five reported incidents of impaired driving whereas in 1986, they represented just one in 13.
A major research study prepared by TIRF observed that young people, especially those aged 20 to 34, show up most frequently in the statistics. According to the study, 16- to 19-year-olds account for 23 per cent of fatalities, 18 per cent of injuries and 11 per cent of those arrested for alcohol-related driving offences.
This article was originally posted on January 2, 2018 by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Gazette Volume 80, Number 01.
by Deidre Seiden
RCMP Cst. Gareth Newcombe holds an off-cover shooting position during an Immediate Action Rapid Deployment Outdoor course. Today's police training is constantly being adapted to better prepare officers for the realities of a modern world. Credit: Leann Parker, RCMP
For every cadet who graduates from the RCMP's training academy known as Depot, each has trained for 785 intensive hours in defensive tactics, firearms, driving, fitness, applied police sciences, drill and detachments visits.
But for all those hours of practice at Depot, training doesn't end there. Police training today is a career-long affair that's constantly being adapted to prepare officers for the realities of a modern world — be it a large-scale protest, a lethal-force encounter, a dangerous substance or a distressed person.
Deidre Seiden looks at two areas in which RCMP training has recently evolved or expanded based on need: the rise of fentanyl and increasing contacts with people in crisis. Seiden describes the RCMP's new fentanyl guidelines and naloxone training, and the force's de-escalation training, two courses that equip police with the skills and awareness they need to save lives and stay safe every day.
Amelia Thatcher explains the RCMP's annual firearms qualification (AFQ), which last year updated its approach to training officers on their force-issued pistols. Gone are the days of target practice. The new AFQ better prepares officers for real-life situations and offers more tips for improving.
Thatcher also explores the RCMP's field coaching program, an integral part of each Mountie's training beyond Depot. Experienced officers guide new constables in their first few months, ensuring the skills they've learned are well applied in their new communities. As one mentor says, "the coaches provide a bridge between theory and practice."
We speak to four experienced RCMP instructors who teach courses ranging from basic driving and firearms to police investigations and the patrol carbine. Find out what they say about how training has changed, and what today's courses offer police.
Specialized training provides officers and others the chance to expand their basic skillset to work in highly technical or focused areas such as police dive teams, remotely piloted aircraft systems, and bloodstain pattern analysis. New technology and contemporary teaching approaches feature heavily in these specialty courses — and lead to operational success.
Finally, we examine the subject of police resilience — an officer's ability to recover from the stresses of work.
Ruth Lamb, a nurse and instructor in British Columbia, looks at the latest practices that can help first responders train their brains to cope during traumatic encounters — and heal afterward. While Judith Andersen and a team of researchers in Toronto look at how police-specific stress can be measured, and each officer's performance improved, through reality-based training. Both have implications for reducing operational stress injuries.
This issue is devoted to all that police officers do to maintain and expand their skills and knowledge throughout their careers. Because continuous improvement never gets old.
This article was originally posted on January 13, 2017 by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Gazette Volume 79, Number 01.
by Katherine Aldred
A screenshot of a new website that has been launched by developers with a news section and new forum features
We are glad excited to announce that Corporate Services has just released a fresh new update to our existing website platform - including a new Computer Aided Dispatching System. The web developers will be releasing additional updates and features throughout this week.
Along with these updates we are excited to introduce the following sections to our newly minted website:
News Articles and Features - we continue to strive to provide the most realistic roleplay experience online, and now we are leveraging our expertise to share essential police news, new and trending best practices, and also feature our dedicated members in a new online format.
Community Forums - a forum should be a live and engaging discussion board, not a place for old policies and outdated procedures, we strive to develop this area where all members can post, engage, and respond to various topics about current events, life and roleplay!
Community Calendar - lets make it official, but we will need your help! We are looking to post key international, national and community specific events for all of our members. Want to know when the snow mod is coming back? When we are going to feature other police, fire, and medic vehicle and pedestrian assets? Stay posted to our community calendar!
Internal Usernotes - documentation just got a lot easier! It is critical that we have a simply and easy platform for our community leaders and members to file and archive critical information. Training will be cascaded to every level over the next few weeks!
Internal Staff Actions - ever wonder what happened to your member? or where they are at in training? Our new pending staff actions system will help you organize the chaos!
Existing users will be able to sign into their accounts using their existing credentials. Those users who are a community member will be assigned the appropriate tags and permissions accordingly, but can also request additional access from their direct supervisor or manager.
This article was originally posted on January 18, 2018 by the Grand Theft Auto V Roleplay