A new University of British Columbia study has found that BC’s strict drinking and driving laws have significantly reduced the number of alcohol-related accidents and fatalities across the province.

In September 2010, the BC government implemented harsher consequences for impaired driving. First time offenders with a blood alcohol content of .05% to .08% received a $600 fine, a 3-day license suspension, and the possibility of a vehicle impounding. The penalties for drivers blowing over .08% were even more severe, with drivers facing possible criminal charges.

Four years later, the laws continue to see favourable results.

Three years ago, B.C. lowered its legal blood alcohol limit to .05. For those needing a refresher:

So how many drinks does it take to reach a .05 blood alcohol limit?