Canadian Automobile Association (CAA)

Canadian Automobile Association (CAA)

October 24, 2007 14:29 ET

CAA applauds Tackling Violent Crime Act

Parliament gives police tools necessary to combat drug impaired driving

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 24, 2007) - The Canadian Automobile Association (CAA) today applauds the tabling of Bill C-2, the Tackling Violent Crime Act. CAA has long maintained that strong legislation, strict enforcement and continuing education are the first steps to end the practice of driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

"This proposed law is great news for Canadian motorists," said Chris White, Vice President of Public Affairs. "Road safety is a primary concern for our members and it is CAA's view that drug impairment should be treated the same as alcohol impairment. The measures contained in C-2 will ensure that police have the tools necessary to remove drug impaired drivers from the road".

According to CAA, the following new measures contained in Bill C-2 will dramatically improve road safety:

- Allows police to conduct roadside physical coordination tests (Standardized Field Sobriety Tests)

- Allows a suspect to be examined by a Drug Recognition Expert

- Allows police to collect a bodily fluid sample to determine intoxication

- Increases the legal consequences of refusing to submit to a test for drug or alcohol levels are increased

- Increases the penalties with respect to both alcohol and drug impaired driving

CAA calls on parliament to pass this bill without delay.

About the Canadian Automobile Association (CAA)

CAA is a federation of 9 automobile clubs serving 5 million members through 148 offices across Canada. CAA provides a wide range of member services and works to improve travelling and motoring conditions at home and around the world, including national advocacy efforts on both traffic safety and public policy issues that affect Canadian motorists.

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