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Tougher Drunk Driving Laws Now in Effect Across Canada

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Each month Spraggs Law publishes Personal Injury News, a curated selection of articles about driving in Vancouver and issues related to motor vehicle collisions. This month’s top article is about new drunk driving laws in Canada.

New rules that increase penalties for drunk driving while expanding police powers to demand breath samples took effect across Canada on Tuesday, December 18.

The new regulations give police officers the right to ask for a breath sample from any driver they lawfully stop. This change lowers the bar from the previous legislation, which required that an officer have reasonable suspicion that a person had been drinking.

While such practices are already in common in more than 40 countries, some predict Canada’s new law will face a challenge in court.

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What Do You Think?

What do you think about these stories? Leave a comment below — we’d love to hear from you. And, as always, if you have any questions about ICBC, motor vehicle collisions or personal injury, be sure to contact one of our ICBC lawyers in Vancouver.