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Will A Glass of Wine With Dinner Make You a Drunk Driver?

Posted in Government and Politics by TeeJaw on Monday, October 18, 2010, 3: 19 PM

One glass of wine will not make you drunk under any reasonable standard of what constitutes being drunk, driving or not. But MADD wants the law to be defined so that just one glass of wine with dinner can get you a DUI charge if you drive home afterward. Looks likes they’ll get their way in Canada. And eventually here too unless the American people wake up and say enough already.

This Editorial from the Winnipeg Free Press says that goes too far:

Police powers [in Canada] to check for impaired driving have encroached relentlessly upon civil liberties, such that innocent motorists are randomly, routinely pulled over and questioned, absent of cause. If an officer suspects any drinking has occurred, drivers must take a test. The penalties for refusing are equal to failing the test.

Now the Harper government wants to eliminate the need for any suspicion of drinking, allowing police to randomly demand a roadside test.

Advocacy group Mothers Against Drunk Driving is celebrating, saying this should make the glass of wine with dinner a thing of the past. [emphasis added]

I understand police in Canada are required to advise drivers of their legal rights before administering the test. I wonder what they can possibly say?


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