Apr 13, 2017 - Bill C-46 CHANGES TO IMPAIRED DRIVING LAWS


FULL TITLE:

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

This bill was introduced in the 42nd Parliament, 1st session December 3, 2015 - Present


SPONSOR:

Hon. Jody Wilson-Raybould, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada - Introduced as a House Government Bill


STATUS:

Introduction and First Reading Apr13,2017

Second Reading and Referral to Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights May31, 2017

Text of the Bill: Latest Publication


SUMMARY:

Part 1 amends the provisions of the Criminal Code that deal with offences and procedures relating to drug-impaired driving. Among other things, the amendments

(a) enact new criminal offences for driving with a blood drug concentration that is equal to or higher than the permitted concentration;

(b) authorize the Governor in Council to establish blood drug concentrations; and

(c) authorize peace officers who suspect a driver has a drug in their body to demand that the driver provide a sample of a bodily substance for analysis by drug screening equipment that is approved by the Attorney General of Canada.

Part 2 repeals the provisions of the Criminal Code that deal with offences and procedures relating to conveyances, including those provisions enacted by Part 1, and replaces them with provisions in a new Part of the Criminal Code that, among other things,

 (a) re-enact and modernize offences and procedures relating to conveyances;

 (b) authorize mandatory roadside screening for alcohol;

 (c) establish the requirements to prove a person’s blood alcohol concentration; and

 (d) increase certain maximum penalties and certain minimum fines.

Part 3 contains coordinating amendments and the coming into force provision.


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 to deter persons from driving while impaired by alcohol or drugs;

♦ Whereas it is important that law enforcement officers be better equipped to detect instances of alcohol-impaired or drug-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 or drugs 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 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;

Source: Parliament of Canada


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