How would you like to be stopped by the police anytime, anywhere, and tested on a breathalyzer — for no reason except that the cop felt like it?
MADD Would Like to See Random Breath Tests for Drivers
And Murie may get it…
Murie has some big backers in the random breath testing debate.
Federal Justice Minister Rob Nicholson has endorsed such a change in the law, echoing a June 2009 recommendation from the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights that Ottawa amend the criminal code to allow police across Canada to conduct random breath tests.
RBT would replace Canada’s current, 40-year-old way of doing things, where police can demand a breath test only if they have reason to suspect a driver is too drunk to drive.
Ottawa said it would talk to the provinces first, then consider the changes…
But RBT is a slippery slope for a “free and democratic country” such as Canada, said Nathalie Des Rosiers of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association.
Increasing police power to that point, she said, would send the truth north strong and free toward becoming a police state.
“It’s about giving the power to the police to arrest someone anywhere, anytime and subject them to a criminal investigation where they have to comply, even though there is no reasonable grounds that they’ve done anything wrong,” said Des Rosier.
This is a logical progression in the long series of drunk driving laws and court decisions which have steadily eroded our Constitutional rights — here and, apparently, in Canada. Look for MADD USA to make random stops and breath tests their next legislative goal.