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Police reverse decision to suspend driving privileges of mother whose son was her designated driver

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A woman was recently issued with a 90-day Immediate Roadside Prohibition and 30-day Vehicle Impoundment for being a passenger in a vehicle driven by her sober, 22-year-old son.

The young driver has a Class 7 license and the officer thought that the passenger, the driver's mother, had contravened the law because she was too impaired to properly supervise him and because the vehicle was "small in size," and that she was within easy reach of the steering wheel.

According to a statement out of lawyer Sarah Leamon's office, Dec. 20 media coverage prompted the Nelson Police Department to issue a cancellation of the prohibition and vehicle impoundment. 

"Ms. Leamon has received confirmation that her client's vehicle has been released and that her driving privileges have been reinstated," reads the statement.

"Leamon and her client are considering other legal options to right the hardship and damage done by the officer who, in their view, acted well outside his scope of authority in issuing a 90-day Immediate Roadside Prohibition."

— This story was corrected at 10 a.m. Dec. 23. A previous version incorrectly identified the police force as the RCMP.

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