Bill C-46: Canada’s New Impaired Driving Laws Explained
Bill C-46, known as the Impaired Driving Act, came into force on December 18, 2018. The Act is the companion legislation to Bill C-45, The Cannabis Act, which legalized possession of marijuana for personal use in Canada. The Impaired Driving Act makes significant and controversial changes to federal alcohol and drug impaired laws, including permitting roadside screening of suspected drug impaired drivers, introducing new drug related driving offences, and allowing for mandatory alcohol breathalyzer testing. Expanded police powers and other changes under the amendments are renewing concerns about racial profiling and carding, and how to reliably detect current impairment at the roadside, as well as raising important new issues about Charter rights, the efficacy and reliability of Approved Screening Devices, and the impact of Bill C-46 on non-citizens. Almost overnight, how lawyers prosecute and defend those charged with impaired driving offences, has changed. Is a client you are presently representing at risk? Can you take what appears to be a favourable plea bargain or will recent changes have dramatic consequences for your client? As government and law enforcement continue to crack down on impaired drivers, these cases will become more common and more complicated. Join defence lawyers Ian Savage (Alberta and Saskatchewan) and Dylan Finlay (Ontario) for this convenient, 90 minute primer on what recent reforms to Canada’s impaired driving laws mean for you and your clients. Whether you are new to or just curious about the topic, or in need of a quick update, this is one program you cannot afford to miss.
Live webinar with chat includes 60 day replay. This program features real-time audio of the presenter with synchronized presentation slides, and a chat feature that allows for live Q & A.