If you are driving or have been driving within the preceding three hours, a police officer may demand that you provide a breath sample into a handheld approved screening device (ASD). If your ASD test results in a "FAIL" reading, or if you fail to provide a suitable breath sample, you may be issued a 90-day Immediate Roadside Prohibition (IRP). An IRP is issued to drivers under the Motor Vehicle Act.
The consequences of a 90-day IRP include a 90-day driving prohibition, a 30-day vehicle impoundment, and a $500 fine. You will also be referred to the Responsible Driver Program, which costs $930, and may be required to have an ignition interlock device installed in your vehicle. Referrals to remedial programs are determined by the Mandatory Criteria Matrix. Additionally, you will have to apply to have your driver's licence reinstated and pay off any associated debts owed on your licence before you are able to drive again.
If you have received an IRP and you want to dispute it, you must act quickly. You are under a very strict 7-day deadline from the date you received the IRP to file for a review hearing. Our lawyers specialize in IRP reviews and judicial reviews. We are extremely experienced and have had great success representing drivers from all across British Columbia. Call us today for a free, confidential consultation to discuss your case.