There have been a lot of adjustments made recently when it comes to a sobriety test. Now that cannabis has been legalized, a few touch ups were required to be able to keep the public safe from people under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Police in Canada will now have the right to demand for a breath sample whether you are at the bar or at home. This new law is set to kick in June 1 of this year.
Here’s how the new law would work:
Police can demand for breath samples in bars, restaurants, or even at home.
If you do not comply with the officer when they ask you to give them a breath sample, you could be arrested, face a criminal record, ordered to pay a fine, and subjected to a driving suspension.
Changes to Section 253 of the Criminal Code of Canada took effect in December giving police greater powers to seek breath samples from drivers who might be driving while impaired. Under the new law, police officers no longer need to have a “reasonable suspicion” the driver had consumed alcohol. Now, an officer can demand a sample from drivers for any reason at any time.
Many criminal lawyers believe this new law will be appealed and might even find itself in the Supreme Court of Canada. They believe this process will take several years before it is resolved. Criminal lawyers also think that drivers are already vulnerable when it comes to unfair arrests and prosecution, and if this law passes it could get worst.