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B.C.'s tough drunk driving laws return after tweaking following court ruling

June 14, 2012 - 2:50 PM

VICTORIA - B.C.'s tough drinking and driving law is back after undergoing some tinkering following a court ruling.

The law was introduced in September of 2010, but was later withdrawn after a B.C. Supreme Court judge ruled it didn't provide a proper appeal process for someone who fails a roadside breath test.

Under the revised law — which takes effect Friday — a driver can have a second test if they fail the first one, and the lower of the two readings will prevail.

Police must also provide sworn reports on every roadside driving ban they issue and must also submit documents confirming the accuracy of the breathalyzers they use.

Justice Minister Shirley Bond says the changes go beyond what the court ordered because the government wants to ensure the rules are both fair and effective.

The drunk driving law, considered the toughest in Canada, includes fines and penalties for impaired drivers that can range from $600 to more than $4,000, and drivers can also lose their vehicle and their license.

News from © The Canadian Press, 2012
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