Must know: new changes to driving enforcement laws
What does that mean to the average person? Here's what:
Today, police require reasonable and probable grounds (RPG) to get you to blow into a roadside screening device. If you deny having drunk anything and don't smell of booze, there would be no RPG, so police cannot make you take the test. Not legally.
Next year, with this draconian rule coming into effect, what you say to the police, does not matter: they don't need RPG. You take the test. If you don't, you're looking at administrative suspension and criminal charges for refusing a breathalyzer sample. If you take it and fail, your own evidence, obtained compulsory against your will, will be used to convict you.
Although they say that police still need a "lawful reason" to pull you over in the first place, they don't mention the RIDE festive program. Our courts have said that RIDE does not infringe on your Charter rights. So, guess what? If you get stopped at a RIDE program, you'll be taking the test, whether you want to or not.
I'm all for taking drunk drivers off the road, but this infringement on people's rights is not good for any of us. How is this any different from carding?