Investigations into the circumstances surrounding deadly vehicle accidents can take time. Police may call on experts in various fields to examine the vehicles involved and determine how the events transpired. They may speak to witnesses, perhaps including those who knew the drivers of the vehicles and their actions prior to the collision. Alberta police recently completed their investigation into a crash from January, filing charges for several driving offences against the operator of a semitruck.
In just a few months, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in Alberta are already seeing results from the passage of the new law intended to deter drunk driving. The law, passed in December allows police to demand breath samples using a portable device even when they stop drivers for unrelated driving offences. A driver does not have to show any signs of being intoxicated or impaired for an officer to request the test.
Some drivers in Alberta have strong opinions about photo-enforced speed zones. Drivers in these zones may receive a citation in the mail courtesy of a speed camera that clicks a photo of a vehicle when it exceeds the posted speed. Photo technology also provides a way for police to penalize those who run red lights. Photo radar creates millions in revenue for municipalities that utilize this passive form of law enforcement. However, as the number of driving offences declines, so does this revenue.
Changes in impaired driving laws in Alberta and across Canada went into effect recently. The new laws increase penalties for those convicted of driving offences related to alcohol or drug impairment. Drivers should be aware of the changes, especially over the New Year’s holiday when police may be especially vigilant.
When a driver is suspected of operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol, police officers are trained to perform sobriety tests and administer breathalysers. But with the legalization of recreational cannabis on the horizon in Canada, many people are wondering what safety measures do police have to detect drug-impaired drivers?
With the legalization of cannabis for recreational use only weeks away, Alberta’s new impaired driving laws are more important than ever.
As of April 9th, 2018, new impaired driving laws came into effect, outlining the rules and repercussions associated with using drugs and alcohol and operating a motor vehicle. Find out what changes were made and how they could affect you.