B.C.’s harsh new drunk driving laws give every police officer the power to take away driver’s licences, impound cars and impose fines – and some are worried they go too far.
Suspected drunk drivers no longer have the right to argue their case in front of an impartial judge, giving police the sole responsibility to determine if motorists are within the legal blood alcohol limit.
Robert Holmes, president of the BC Civil Liberties Association, says officers are now “judge, jury and executioner.”
It’s an especially alarming development to those who say there are still major flaws with breathalyzer science.
Criminal lawyer Paul Doroshenko says it’s a simple fact that any electro-mechanical device can potentially fail. He also says breathalyzer results can be skewed by something as simple as mouthwash, which he demonstrated for CTV News using the same kind of breathalyzer B.C. police use at road blocks.