Random Roadside Breath Testing to be Imposed

Alberta is promoting a federal proposal to implement random roadside breath testing in order to clamp down on inebriated drivers, who violate the traffic rules.

Alberta Justice Minister Alison Redford, who was in Vancouver for three days to attend a meeting with provincial and federal officials, said that she completely supports Harper government’s plan to impose random breathalyzers.

Redford said, “Anything that we can do as provincial or federal governments that's going to make it easier to keep drunk drivers off the road, we have to do”.

She further said that it will take around six months to change the federal Criminal Code to allow for the new regulation, also provincial amendments could be needed.

Federal Justice Minister Rob Nicholson said that before taking up the issue in the parliament, it is essential that the provinces give their consent to the proposal.

If this new law is implemented, then it would replace Canada’s 40-year-old law of drunk driving, according to which police uses breathalyzer testing only when they have a doubt of drunk driving.

Other countries like Australia and New Zealand, and 22 other European nations have enforced random testing. According to the department officials, imposing this law has decreased fatal accidents by 35%.