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

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Drinking and Driving

More Power to the Police for Alcohol and Drug Testing?

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Bill C- 46, the current Liberal government’s ‘draft’ set of rules for detecting and punishing drug-impaired driving, and for updating the laws on drunk driving proposes extending authority to the police to obtain roadside breathalyzer samples without any need of ‘reasonable grounds’ for suspecting impairment.

Drunk Driving and the Amethyst Initiative

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In British Columbia the Age of Majority Act in 1970 lowered the age of majority from 21 years to 19 years. Consumption of alcohol by persons under the age of majority—minors—is regulated under the BC Liquor Control and Licensing Act. It does so by creating various offences applying to adults who supply liquor to minors and who permit minors on licensed premises, and to minors who purchase or consume liquor in a licensed establishment.

“Don’t Drink and Drive

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Slogans can be useful habits of the mind. For example, "Don't drink and drive" is a slogan, or should be, that people repeat silently to themselves and verbally to their teenagers. This short and simple message drilled into the brain by persistent repetition, as annoying as people may find it, might also be the single most effective protective habit of mind for driving that a person will ever acquire.  Because when alcohol is mixed with cars and driving, the moments of

The End of the “Two-Beer Defence

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In Canada, the first legislation dealing with impaired driving was passed in 1921, when “driving while intoxicated” became an offence under the Criminal Code. This was a time, as Leonard Evans describes it in the book “Traffic Safety”, when “evidence of intoxication was usually provided by a police officer reporting that the accused was unable to walk a straight line or speak clearly.”

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%. 

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