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RCMP internal audit on breathalyzers shows “massive problems”: lawyer

RCMP internal audit on breathalyzers shows “massive problems”: lawyer

IRP lawyer Paul Doroshenko

In 2010 B.C. introduced a new impaired driving law, which included immediate roadside penalties, license suspensions, and the impounding of cars; making the province’s drunk driving laws among the toughest in the country.

According to RCMP documentation obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request by Acumen Law Corporation defense lawyer Paul Doroshenko, it also suggests the Mounties are concerned about the roadside scanners.

In Kamloops, the RCMP audit on breathalyzers concluded that it “requires more accountability” and there “have been procedural and clerical errors made by most calibrators.”

While in Burnaby it was found there were “multiple months where the ASD calibration” was not checked, and in Kelowna there were eight of its 29 devices pulled from service immediately. In that case, the RCMP concluded “the errors made were resulting in bringing the Immediate Roadside Prohibition (IRP) process and Criminal Code impaired driving investigations into question.”

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