Opposition, as well as support, is growing for the federal government’s new Impaired Driving Law, set to take effect on Tuesday.
Bill C-46 was passed in June 2018 and brings sweeping changes to driving while drug-impaired and driving while alcohol-impaired laws currently in place.
What’s at issue is the change to the law as it relates to breathalyzer tests.
Under the current law, police must have a reasonable suspicion that a driver has alcohol in their body before they can do any roadside testing.
Under the new mandatory roadside testing law, “police officers who have an approved screening device on hand will be able to test a breath sample of any driver they lawfully stop, even without reasonable suspicion that the driver has alcohol in their body”.
Opponents of the new law say this is an attack on the constitutional rights of Canadians as defined by the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
Supporters of the new law are equally adamant in their view that safety is the top priority.
Only time will tell if these new measures outlined in Bill C-46 will impact impaired driving statistics and what success challenges to the new law will have if they indeed reach the courts.
Regardless of which side of the fence you stand on this issue, it’s safe to say that everyone agrees that if you plan on drinking or doing drugs, don’t drive.