Blood Alcohol Law Limit .08

December 4, 2011 by staff 

Blood Alcohol Law Limit .08, A court ruling that took apart a portion of the province’s tough new drunk-driving law means fewer police officers will be available to run the high-profile roadblocks launched for the holiday season by Solicitor- General Shirley Bond this week.

“Can we do the same amount of enforcement or deal with the same number of drivers as we have in the past? I think the answer, obviously, is going to be no,” said West Vancouver Police Chief Peter Lepine, who is also president of the B.C. Association of Chiefs of Police.

The B.C. Supreme Court judgment, issued Wednesday, has forced police to revert to the former law for dealing with drivers who fail a roadside sobriety test. Under the law introduced in 2010, police were equipped with a raft of immediate roadside penalties, which reduced the number of time-consuming Criminal Code cases by almost 75 per cent.

The province has vowed to amend the law to restore the penalties in the next legislative session, which begins in February. But in the meantime, police will have to devote more time to processing suspected impaired drivers.

Chief Lepine said the immediate roadside penalties took about one hour for an officer to process, while under the old provisions that are back in place, they can spend up to nine hours dealing with each case.

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