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Mountie audits reveal serious errors in roadside drunk-driving checks

Significant problems and serious errors with the devices and procedures used for roadside suspensions and drunk-driving charges have been identified in internal RCMP audits. Although conducted last year, the findings of the internal quality assurance reviews — “completed in random to ensure that units/detachments are correctly calibrating and documenting the Approved Screening Devices” — are alarming. “Errors with the ASD Accuracy check procedure are serious in nature and could have large ramifications on the use of ASD’s (sic) in Criminal Code investigations and also on their use in the IRP (Immediate Roadside Prohibition) Program and the program as a whole in British...

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Cross your fingers for some IRP news

We are always thinking positive

You never know what the future holds. Of course, we try to maintain a positive outlook which is not always easy as an IRP lawyer. But we've got our fingers crossed for some IRP news. Over the years our attitude and outlook has improved because we made a lot of headway in our ongoing fight against the IRP laws. These days we're feeling pretty good. Sometimes we try to predict the future. As lawyers we do this all of the time. What surprises us is how often we have accurately predicted the future. Looking back at comments we've made here on our...

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Court quashes penalties imposed under invalid drunk-driving law

Drunk driving ruling

The B.C. Supreme Court has rapped the provincial government’s knuckles for penalizing allegedly impaired motorists under the original version of the anti-drunk driving scheme after it was struck down. Victoria had no authority after June 30, 2012 — the deadline to fix the flawed sections of the Motor Vehicle Act — to impose certain Immediate Roadside Prohibitions and penalties under the old law, Justice Peter Voith said. He quashed any bans, fines or remedial programs facing the drivers who blew a “fail” in the weeks before the Nov. 30, 2011 judgment that found some parts of the controversial impaired driving legislation unconstitutional. “I...

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The accused: drunk driving lawyer in BC

Drunk driving lawyer in bc

We stand accused. In fact, we're guilty. We were reminded the other day that the reason we have the IRP scheme is the drunk driving lawyer in BC. And we're not just talking about any one of us in particular or the lawyers in our office per se, but the particular subspecies and members of that group. We're talking about the class or type of lawyers who defend drunk driving charges. If it were not for the drunk driving lawyer in BC, we would not have Immediate Roadside Prohibitions. That is true. Allow us to explain. In British Columbia there are...

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