Feb 23, 2016 - BILL C-226 THE IMPAIRED DRIVING ACT


An Act to amend the Criminal Code (offences in relation to conveyances) and the Criminal Records Act and to make consequential amendments to other Acts


Sponsor:

Steven Blaney, Conservative - Introduced as a private member’s bill.


Status:

Introduction and First Reading Feb 23, 2016

Second Reading and Referral to Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security Jun 9, 2016

Adopted by the Committee Sep 27, 2016

Meeting 25, Sep 27, 2016

Meeting 26, Sep 29, 2016

BRIEFS [PDF]:

♦ Presented to the House Oct 6, 2016 [Report 6] – requested an extension of 30 sitting day to hear more witnesses and allow for more thorough examination of the legislation.

Meeting 51, Feb 6, 2017

BRIEFS [PDF]:

♦ Presented to the House Mar 9, 2017 [Report 8] – No government response requested

♦ Debated in the House Apr 5, 2017

♦ Concurred in the House May 3, 2017 – Bill not proceeded with


Summary

This enactment amends the provisions of the Criminal Code that govern offences in relation to conveyances. The amendments, among other things,

(a) harmonize the prohibitions and penalties for offences in relation to the operation of conveyances;

(b) increase the penalties for repeat offences in relation to the operation of conveyances;

(c)  modernize the procedures for determining whether a person’s ability to operate a conveyance is impaired by a drug, and for analyzing breath samples to determine a person’s blood alcohol concentration;

(d) provide for rules governing the disclosure of information with respect to the results of analyzing breath samples; and

(e)  recognize that evaluating officers are experts in determining whether a person’s ability to operate a conveyance is impaired by a drug.

The enactment also amends the Criminal Records Act to remove the offences of impaired driving and failure or refusal to comply with a demand as exceptions to the offences that result in a record suspension ceasing to have effect.

Finally, the enactment makes consequential amendments to those Acts and to other Acts.


Preamble

Whereas dangerous driving and impaired driving injure or kill thousands of people in Canada every year;

Whereas dangerous driving and impaired driving are unacceptable at all times and in all circumstances;

Whereas it is important that the severity of sentences reflect the risk to the public that is posed by dangerous driving and impaired driving;

Whereas it is important to simplify the law relating to the proof of blood alcohol concentration;

Whereas it is important to protect the public from the dangers posed by consuming large quantities of alcohol immediately before driving;

Whereas it is important to deter persons from consuming alcohol after driving in circumstances where they have a reasonable expectation that they would be required to provide a sample of breath or blood;

Whereas it is important to harmonize the prohibitions and the penalties for offences relating to the operation of conveyances;

Whereas it is important that federal and provincial laws work together to promote the safe operation of motor vehicles;

And whereas the Parliament of Canada is committed to deterring the commission of offences relating to the operation of conveyances, particularly dangerous driving and impaired driving;

Now, therefore, Her Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate and House of Commons of Canada, enacts as follows:

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Source: Parliament of Canada


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