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B.C.'s Drunk Driving Laws - Are They Out of Wack ?

Jeffrey S. Witten, B.A., LL.B.
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                                                      B.C.'s Drunk- Driving Laws; Tough or Out of Wack ??


There's no doubt that drunk driving is a serious problem in British Columbia. The number of British Columbians who are injured or killed by drunk drivers is simply unacceptable. I don't think that's a subject up for debate.

But, when it comes to the discussion of whether B.C.'s drunk-driving laws have gone too far. Well, that's a different matter.

As the drunk-driving laws in B.C. currently stand, police officers are the judge, jury and executioner.

In short, if a police officer suspects that you're driving while impaired he can suspend your drivers license and have your vehicle impounded. Right then and there at the side of the road.

You don't get your day in court. You don't get to question whether the suspension of your license was lawful. Simply put, there's no presumption of innocence until proven guilty.

From Jeff Witten's perspective, B.C.'s drunk-driving laws can be summed up in one word. WRONG.

Why? It's simple. Everyone, I don't care who they are, should have the right to question the charges made against them through a judical process.

Taking away the ability of an individual to question the actions of police officers ( i.e "the state") is simply unacceptable. And, more to the point, it turns the very notion of a justice system on its head.

Is drunk-driving a serious issue? Of course. But stripping people of their basic legal right to a fair hearing is also serious.

And as my Mama said, " two wrongs don't make a right".

If you have questions or would like to speak to an attorney, please contact McComb Witten at (604) 255-9018. 


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