May 01, 2013 - DRIVERS SHOULD BE JUDGE ON ACTIONS, NOT DRUGS TESTS

Re: Drug-impaired driving prosecutions tough, April 29

Driving impairment can be caused by many things, including lack of sleep, using a cell-phone, consuming cold medicine or legal pharmaceuticals, applying makeup while behind the wheel, and many other scenarios.

Impairment is proven by performance, not based on determining what substance a driver has consumed. If a vehicle is driven dangerously - be it reckless swerving on the road or slowly drifting out of a designated lane - that danger to the public is demonstrated by the actions.

Random roadside drug screening, as suggested by MADD Canada, violates personal privacy and individual liberty. Testing drivers for marijuana use isn't about testing for impairment; it's about identifying and punishing marijuana consumers. Impairment is caused by many different things, but roadside drug screening is simply targeting people who use pot.

In the hunt for impairment on the road, remember that dangerous driving is always proven by driver performance - regardless of whether a joint was smoked, or not.

Jodie Emery BC Green party candidate, Vancouver-West End

Source: Vancouver Sun


 

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