posted on Oct, 5 2009 @ 12:39 PM
The federal justice minister is considering a new law that would allow police to conduct random breathalyzer tests on drivers, regardless of
whether they suspect motorists have been drinking. Justice Minister Rob Nicholson raised the prospect recently at a meeting of Mothers Against Drunk
Driving, according to MADD chief executive Andrew Murie. If random testing were to be adopted, it would be a major change to Canada's 40-year-old
breathalyzer legislation, which stipulates that police may only administer a test if they suspect a driver has been drinking.
If this is put into legislation the Police will have powers to randomly breathalyze anyone
instead of having 'reasonable cause' to do so.
For those unfamiliar with Canada, we currently have what is called a 'RIDE' program. The police set up road blocks along stretches of busy streets
and quickly interview each car asking whether or not the driving has consumed any alcohol. Blood shot or glassy eyes, the smell of alcohol, or obvious
impairment gives the officer the right to breathalyze the driver.
If this is turned into approved legislation they will be able to breathalyze absolutely anyone at anytime.
Now, the immediate reaction to this is 'Good, people shouldn't drink and drive anyways...'
However, when the social mindset accepts laws like this that are in direct violation of the Constitution (Charter of Rights) the social consciousness
is basically giving up their rights and freedoms to have an unlawful search executed on them. It makes the idea of ones rights second to 'finding the
bad guy'. Once that mindset has become 'normal' or 'accepted' it makes it very easy for TPTB to introduce future legislation to that effect.
No personal rights or freedoms should be given up for any purpose whatsoever. Simple as that.
After making this thread, it was pointed out that another was already created on the same subject
. Please go here to discuss the new law.
So instead of talking about that law, I bring you another news article that fits in with the one above.
themselves are being
charged with drunk driving during the same time the government is enacting new laws to find citizens doing the same.
Should we not be holding our government officials to the same standard that the citizens are held to?. Should they not be subject to the same testing
and same scrutiny that the people are held to?.
[edit on 5-10-2009 by threekings]