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Sarah Leamon interviewed by Global News on marijuana-impaired driving

B.C.’s new marijuana regulations include a 90-day driving ban that will apply to anyone caught driving while impaired by drugs. The province also said it will increase training for law enforcement officers to recognize impairment. But the new regulations could face court challenges due to a lack of reliable technology that can determine whether a driver is drug-impaired, said Sarah Leamon, a lawyer with Acumen Law Corporation. “I think that if legislation is passed on, say, March 1, it’s going to be challenged on March 2,” Leamon said. ...

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Kyla Lee interviewed by Global News on Empty Homes Tax

The Unfair Vancouver Vacant Homes Tax Coalition describes its purpose in the name. The group is calling on the city to do something as the Feb. 2 deadline for the empty home tax declaration approaches. Rainer Borkenhagen says the group is made of members that are mostly retired and live across the country, but still own homes in Vancouver. Borkenhagen himself lives in Gibsons, but owns a condo in Vancouver. ...

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Paul Doroshenko interviewed by CKNW’s Mike Smyth on distracted driving

Full interview available on CKNW: CKNW: Let's talk about distracted driving in our province now. we all know BC government has been sounding the alarm on the number of crashes and deaths caused by distracted driving in our province. they're bringing in huge new penalties on people caught using their phones behind the wheel of their car. You get set for even tougher action on this. With ICBC losing so much money, this is government is on the hunt for for new revenue so i suspect you might see those distracted driving penalties go even higher. but are the statistics telling us the...

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Sacha Roudette interviewed by CTV on cellphone driving numbers

From CTV: A BC law firm is raising serious questions tonight about whether using a cellphone while driving is as deadly as the government makes it out to be. Our Bhinder Sajan reports on the accidents statistics casting doubt on the crackdown:     With distracted driving crashes on BC roads rising, ICBC has been telling us to drop our phones. Linking digital dives to death is a message one law firm now claims is full of hype. Sacha Roudette: It turned out the government had massively exaggerated the data. ICBC stats show 78 people die on average every year in BC in crashes where distraction is a...

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Paul Doroshenko interviewed by Global BC on cellphone driving numbers

From Global BC: Are governments, ICBC and even the police exaggerating the dangers of distracted driving? A Richmond company says its Freedom of Information request has revealed far fewer deaths due to drivers using cellphones behind the wheel than officials claim. Ted Chernecki reports:     Most of us have seen those intersection crackdowns on motorists suspected of using their cellphones while driving. You’ll see one officer here a West Van corporal, now retired, who at the time asked himself what was he doing here, really? Grant Gottegetreu: We’ve been told as traffic officers and police officers, it’s cellphones, right from the brass on down they’re...

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Paul Doroshenko interviewed on CKNW980 on cellphone driving numbers

From CKNW/Global News: A Richmond lawyer says ICBC and the province are greatly exaggerating the number of deaths caused by using an electronic device behind the wheel. According to Paul Doroshenko, BC Coroners stats show that 14 people died from using an electronic device while driving between 2008 and 2016. This after ICBC said last year that 80 people a year were dying from distracted driving. “They lump in people who are staring at their radio, or just drift off not thinking, maybe people who fall asleep, with people with cellphone violations,” said Doroshenko. “Clearly, cellphone violations aren’t the threat they are made out...

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Paul Doroshenko interviewed by News1130 on cellphone driving numbers

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Is our province’s public auto insurer providing us with misleading information about distracted driving and its consequences? A lawyer has new numbers suggesting cell phone use is not as big a factor in road deaths as we’ve been led to believe by ICBC. Just 14 deaths between 2008 and 2016 have been linked to people using electronic devices behind the wheel, according to the BC Coroner’s service — in contrast to ICBC’s website, which says 78 people die due to distracted driving each year. Lawyer Paul Doroshenko with Acumen Law got that information by filing a freedom of information...

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Paul Doroshenko interviewed on CBC Radio’s BC Almanac on cellphone driving

Paul Doroshenko, a lawyer with Acumen Law, and Steve Wallace, a driving instructor and owner of Wallace Driving School, on distracted driving and driver education. David Black, an associate professor at Royal Roads University's School of Communication and Culture, on social media etiquette in light of critical reaction to Alessia Cara's Grammy win. From BC Almanac: Attorney General David Eby has promised changes to ICBC after it was revealed the insurer was facing a $1.3 billion shortfall this fiscal year. While the province consider its options, we want to know how much personal responsibility should drivers take to reduce motor vehicle crashes....

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Roy Ho interviewed by Global News on ride-hailing

Other provinces may have ride-sharing, but B.C. still doesn’t — and that means drivers of illegal companies operating in the province could find themselves in deep financial trouble if a collision were to happen, according to a lawyer with Acumen Law. Roy Ho says at the very least, drivers working for illegal ride-hailing companies should have a class 4 commercial license and insurance should be rated for business If not, he says “they can be on the hook personally for any claim that comes out of this accident.” And Ho says that number could easily run six figures, “depending on the nature of...

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Sarah Leamon interviewed by 604now on distracted driving

Traveling with Fido may feel non-negotiable for many drivers in BC; however, they may not realize the dangers inherent in doing so. Of course, there is no law against driving with an animal in one’s vehicle, but RCMP are cracking down all types of distracted driving. While the penalties for distracted driving refer to smart phones, there are other fines that encompass a much wider range of infractions. For example, there is no definitive law against eating while snacking. Yet, you can still get slapped with a staggering $368 fine for doing so. How is that possible? There is a penalty called “Driving without...

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