Canadians who get behind the wheel while under the influence of drugs will face tougher consequences and will no longer be able to refuse roadside drug tests when new laws kick-in next week.Impaired drivers claim many innocent lives, it is true, but it is also true that someone operating a motor vehicle after smoking a joint, especially an hour or two later, is likely much less impaired than someone on certain types of prescribed medications, or simply a driver suffering severe sleep deprivation. Is there a measure for the appropriate amount of sleep required before firing up the ignition? For that matter, traces of drug consumption can stay in the body for days, and sometimes even weeks afterwards. If I smoke a joint on Friday, will I be charged with impaired driving on Saturday night after getting snagged by a *RIDE* program on a drug and alcohol free night just because I look a little dopey and refuse to give up my body fluids to the police?
Representatives from MADD said the new law is a victory for the organization, because impaired driving is the number one criminal cause of death in Canada.Guilty until proven innocent, but maybe just guilty. It's just like the Human Rights Commissions: The process is only the beginning of the punishment.
Cross posted at Dust My Broom and Mitchieville because it's Saturday night and I stayed home.
Saturday, June 28, 2008
Posted by Lisa Turner on Saturday, June 28, 2008