Here’s another driver-themed talk today. Not speed limits or school zones but rather impaired driving. In case you missed it, new impaired driving laws are now in effect. They include zero tolerance for all drug-impaired drivers, immediate licence suspensions, vehicle seizures for up to 60 days and a licence suspension for up to 5 years if convicted. And there are even stiffer penalties for anyone who drives impaired with children in the vehicle. It’s expected there will now be more charges laid than ever and there are sure to be court challenges because testing procedures such as drug testing machines for impairment while under the influence of marijuana are still in their infancy. However, we all should get behind and support these newest efforts to keep people safe. That includes lawyers and judges. If we’re going to err, let’s err on the side of caution and try to keep drug-impaired drivers from getting behind the wheel rather than figuring out how to let them off on a technicality.
That’s Coffeetalk. I’m Vic Dubois.