Ontario in Need to Change the Way it Charges Drunk Drivers?
Drunk driving has always been one of the biggest issues for the Ontario government to deal with and it is because drunk driving causes a large number of accidents each year. Different DUI charges are imposed on a lot of people each year due to the stringent laws against drunk driving in Ontario. But, even after several years of hard working exercise against DUI offences, it seems no visible progress has been made against deterring drinking and driving in Ontario.
It now appears that time is now ripe for changing the way to deal with people caught driving under the influence of alcohol by implementing partial decriminalization. The Mother’s Against Drunk Driving Canada has been calling the Ontario government to implement this change as according to them partial decriminalization of DUI charges reduces the deaths cause by drunk driving.
British Columbia had introduced decriminalization of DUI offences through legislation in 2010 vide which the police officers offer people caught driving under the influence for the first time with the option of choosing administrative sanctions or criminal charges as long as they have not caused damage to any property or have injured anyone.
Since the introduction of this new provision, there has been a dramatic reduction in the number of road deaths related to impaired driving. In British Columbia, if an offender chooses administrative charges after a breathalyzer test is conducted on them, their license is suspended for a period of 90 days, they are issued a $500 fine, enrolled in a responsible interlock program and ignition interlock program and their vehicle is impounded for 30 days.
This seems to be working so far and it appears that Ontario government needs to introduce this change as well to curb the growing .
Read the full article here: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/decriminalize-drunk-driving-madd-ontario-1.4473689
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