Those who have already been convicted for drunk driving are now facing stricter penalties. The police have also gained more powers to assess whether or not drivers are driving impaired due to use of alcohol or drugs.
These are a result of Canada’s Bill C-46, which came to effect last December.
The bill spells out many changes including officers being allowed to demand breath samples from any driver they please. They no longer need to have reasonable suspicion to conduct a test for impaired driving.
Mothers Against Drunk Driving support this change, claiming that similar laws in other parts of the world have improved road safety. The Canadian Civil Liberties association, on the other hand, are worried that racial minorities will be greatly affected.
The Crown now has the ability to seek dangerous offender designations for impaired drivers, hit-and-run drivers, dangerous drivers and those convicted of attempting to flee from officers.