by Cedric Hughes, Barrister & Solicitor with regular weekly contributions from Leslie McGuffin, LL.B.   

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Drug Impaired Driving

Recommendations for Random Breath Tests

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Section 8 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms provides that “Everyone has the right to be secure against unreasonable search or seizure.”  Court cases have interpreted this provision as meaning that a police officer can only legally conduct a search or seizure on the basis of reasonable and probable grounds for concluding that a crime has been committed.

Medically Impaired Driving

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To recognize the contributions of seniors to development and to draw attention to the worldwide demographic phenomenon — the graying of the population, our “age of aging" — many countries have recognized October 1st as the “International Day of Older Persons”. 

Drinking and Driving, Getting Worse?

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Drinking and driving and the closely related topic of youth drinking are news again. On September 1st, under the headline, “Alcohol-related deaths are on the rise this year…” one national newspaper reported on a statement issued the previous day by the Ontario Provincial Police noting increases in fatalities from road collisions—up 5.4%, fatalities in which alcohol was a factor— up 38.5%, and fatalities in which not wearing seat belts was a factor —up 32.7%. 

Drug Impaired Driving

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It is a crime to operate a motor vehicle while impaired by alcohol or a drug. Proving impairment by alcohol or a drug requires evidence that the courts will accept. Police have authority to test for alcohol impairment. The legal limit is a maximum blood alcohol concentration of .08%. 

Driving and Drugs

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On Monday November 1st, 2004 the federal government, the level of government that enacts the criminal law in Canada retabled a bill that gives police the power to make drivers submit to drug testing. Under the proposed new legislation, police with reasonable grounds to suspect a driver has been smoking marijuana may demand that the motorist provide a blood, urine or saliva test. Refusal could result in a criminal charge.


Cedric Hughes

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