Federal Government Getting Tough on Canadian Drivers

On December 18, mandatory alcohol screening will authorize law enforcement to demand a breath sample at the roadside from any driver that has been lawfully stopped.

The federal government getting tough on those who decide to get behind the wheel no matter how much they've had to drink.

In two weeks, December 18, mandatory alcohol screening will authorize law enforcement to demand a breath sample at the roadside from any driver that has been lawfully stopped. 

This is a proven traffic safety measure that has had significant success in preventing road deaths in countries such as Australia and Ireland.

The new law will repeal and replace the entire Criminal Code transportation regime, resulting in increased deterrence and the detection of impaired drivers, and simplify the investigation and proof of the impaired driving offences resulting in shorter trials and reduced delays.

"Giving law enforcement the ability to demand a breath sample from anyone following a lawful stop will make it easier to detect impaired drivers and get these drivers off of our roads. Those who get behind the wheel after using alcohol, or a combination of alcohol and drugs, will face serious legal consequences. Do your part in keeping yourself and loved ones safe and don't mix alcohol or drugs with driving."

The Honourable Bill Blair,
Minister of Border Security and Organized Crime Reduction

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