The Police Service of the Ville de Montreal (SPVM for its acronym in English) reported that the changes to the Criminal Code that came into effect today throughout Canada will allow you to have more tools to ensure the safety of people on the tracks.
According to the established changes, the police will be able to carry out tests of alcohol consumption to the drivers, regardless of why they were stopped, that is to say, nobody will be exempt from the requirement of any of the tests to determine if they are driving under the effects of alcohol.
Nathalie Valois, SPVM specialist, said that “for us it is a new tool to guarantee the safety of all people on the road.”
n the previous regulations, the officers had to have a reasonable suspicion that the driver consumed more alcohol than he had to ask for a breath test. This meant that they had a limited time to determine if there were signs of driving with reduced capabilities.
Among the signs that arouse suspicions are the smell of alcohol, a different way of speaking or even the driver admitting it.
Valois explained that there are studies that show that it is possible that a police officer does not always get these signals, because not everyone shows them.
Under the new rules, the drivers will be interrogated in the same way, but now the officers will be able to press more in case they consider it necessary.
Lawyers are not completely in agreement with the new rules, because they consider that too many powers are placed in the hands of the police agents.
Thierry Rasam, president of the law firm SOS Ticket, explained that the new regulations open the doors for police officers to exert exaggerated actions and some type of segregation.
The lawyer explained to CBC News that the new rules will also change many scenarios for lawyers. “There will always be a defense because not everyone who is accused ends up being guilty,” he concluded.