The holiday season is going to be a little more stressful this year, especially for those who plan on enjoying a few drinks. That's because the law for drunk driving has changed in Canada.
Today the new drunk driving criminal code came into effect which gives the police a lot more power. Officers can now give a breathalyser test to anyone they pull over, and they don't even need reasonable grounds to do so.
But here’s the kicker, during the holiday season police across the country are stepping up surveillance. In Quebec police are planning to set up 2,900 roadblocks between now and January 3rd. And now they can legally breathalyse every single person who passed through a roadblock.
So whether you imbibed any alcohol or you're perfectly sober, if you’re driving around this holiday season you will probably get stopped at a roadblock and you will most likely get breathalysed, even if you haven’t done anything wrong.
If this sounds a little excessive to you, you aren't wrong. This new law technically violates the charter of rights.
Section 8 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms provides everyone in Canada with protection against unreasonable search and seizure.
But that doesn't seem to matter now because the SPVM are actually warning that they plan on testing most of the people they stop. In fact the only way you aren't going to get breathalysed is if the police feel that taking a sample from every single person would create too much traffic.
You’d better go and buy some of those disposable breathalyser kits if you plan on drinking this holiday season, otherwise you won’t be having a very Merry Christmas.