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If you are arrested you can be charged with one of the following offences (or both): “Impaired Driving” or “Driving over the Legal Limit”. Many people are charged with both, but not always. For example, if you appear visibly drunk, but once arriving at the police station you blow into the breathalyzer there and you are below the limit, then they will not charge you with being over the legal limit, but they will still say you were driving while your ability appeared to be affected by your drinking. On the other hand, they can even charge a seemingly sober person, if at the station the person receives a breathalyzer reading of over the legal limit. Once at the station, there are limited options you have. Here are three things you should do: First, you should make sure to ask to speak to a lawyer of your choice (they will give you a list if you don’t know anybody). The lawyer will explain a few things and remind you that you must provide a breath sample if requested. (Keep in mind there are exceptions if you have a serious medical condition, or if you know the machine is broken etc.) Second, don’t say anything; don’t even discuss your situation with anybody else who may also have been arrested. Third, once you leave the police station, take detailed notes of everything you remember, everything that was said, everything you ate and drank that day/night, and all the times you can recall. Lastly, the new recent changes to the law also place an emphasis on charging drivers who drive while under the influence of any drug. The physical coordination tests discussed above also apply to for the detection of impairment by drug. If arrested, the police may also seize a sample of saliva, urine, or even blood (under the direction of a medical practitioner). In the end the most important thing to remember is to, avoid drinking and driving. It will save you the hassle described above, and it will keep our roads safer. David Anber is a licenced paralegal who has successfully fought numerous alcohol related driving charges. If you have any questions, call 24hrs/day at 1-888-989-3946 or e-mail Visit David on the web at This article does not reflect the views of The Driver Magazine, or its sponsors. David Anber is an independent agent representing traffic offenders in Ontario courts.

Introducing the new “HIT & RUN” Section Maxine Marz

The Driver Magazine is proud to announce the launch of the “Hit & Run Section” commencing in 2009. In this section there will be two distinctive regular columns featured in each issue.

The first column will include an interview with a “Survivor” of a hit & run and/or of the victims’ family members. Our goal is to provide a channel for these courageous people to voice their ordeal, highlight the resiliency of their human spirit and to detail their journey to recovery following the “Hit & Run” tragedy. This column is not intended to sensationalize or exploit those victimized by a Hit & Run. Rather to highlight their courage and determination needed to persevere and rebuild their lives following a Hit & Run tragedy. The second column will detail two “Hit & Run Crimes” that remain unsolved in the GTA. The goal of publishing information about these heinous and cowardly crimes is to gain the assistance of our readers and the general public who might have important information that will lead to the apprehension of the perpetrators.

The Driver Magazine is proud to announce its new partnership with Metropolitan Toronto Police Services and Crime Stoppers commencing January 2009. By working together we aim to bring needed closure and sense of justice to the survivors, its victims and their families. Anyone with information about these unsolved Hit & Run crimes is asked to contact Metro Toronto Police, Traffic Services Communications Office, Sergeant Tim Burrows via email at: or by phone at: 416-808-1920. Alternatively, anyone with information about the featured Hit & Run crimes who want to remain anonymous can also contact Crime Stoppers in full confidence, as their identity will never be disclosed and they will not be asked to testify in a court of law.

CRIME STOPPERS’ MISSION STATEMENT Crime Stoppers is a partnership of the public, police and media that provides the community with a pro-active program for people to assist the police anonymously to solve crimes and, thereby, to contribute to an improved quality of life. How Crime Stoppers Works: Anyone who knows someone responsible for a crime or has information that will assist investigators, can contact Crime Stoppers anonymously 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You never have to identify yourself or testify in court. If the tip leads to an arrest, you may earn a cash reward of up to $2,000. People providing information get a secret code number. Calls are not recorded and no one involved with Crime Stoppers knows the identity of the callers. Crime Stoppers doesn’t have call display.

Who Operates Crime Stoppers? Crime Stoppers is a federally registered charity and is a “Community Program”, not a police program. A group of concerned citizens volunteer to serve on the Board of Directors to oversee the program. Board members meet regularly to manage and promote the program, raise funds and authorize reward payments. The Toronto Police Service provides a coordinator to manage the day-to-day operations and police officers to promote the School Crime Stoppers program. The rewards paid by Toronto Crime Stoppers are not financed through tax dollars. All money required to support the program must be raised through individual and corporate support. How to Contact Crime Stoppers: Talk, Type, or Text Submitting a Tip by Phone: Call Nationally in Canada: 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) Call Locally in Toronto: 416-222-TIPS (8477)

Submitting a Tip Online: Visit

Submitting a Tip by Text Message: Key in: “TOR” + your message and send it to CRIMES (274637) For a direct “Active Link” visit: The Driver Magazine

Jan - Feb 2009


The Driver Magazine January 2009  

The Driver Magazine features automotive based articles that cover reviews, news, lifestyle, education and trends.

The Driver Magazine January 2009  

The Driver Magazine features automotive based articles that cover reviews, news, lifestyle, education and trends.