New rules to combat impaired driving kick in today that increase penalties and expand police powers to demand breath samples. The legislation was passed by the Trudeau Government passed in June. Police now have the right to demand a breath sample from any driver, for any reason. In the past they had to have reasonable suspicion that the driver had been drinking. Critics are arguing that the new law will disproportionately affect marginalized groups, who are already pulled over more often. The fines and jail sentences are also going up today and if you get pulled over and refuse to provide a breath sample … it’s an automatic $2,000 fine. Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould says she has “every expectation” the law will be challenged in the courts, but says she’s sure these new laws will pass the test. She said this is in line with the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
Above photo credit: Halton Police via Twitter
This graphic from CTV news (via Ken Lamb on Twitter) explain the new fines that could be imposed: