Alberta appeals court judges are deciding the constitutionality of our impaired driving laws, where your operator’s license can be seized if you blow over, and held until you get the matter resolved, either by going to court or pleading guilty, if only to get your license back.
Does that make you guilty until you can prove your innocence?
The courts are backed up and it takes some time to get a trial date, so why don’t we just eliminate the court wait?
Why don’t we have a night traffic court where police can bring a suspected stupid slobbering drunk who drove who just blew double the limit, before the judge immediately?
Maybe they could have a doctor there as well, to confirm this guy is impaired.
Perhaps a duty counsel could be there to help the guy stand up.
Or, would that affect his rights, because he’s too drunk to know where he even is?
Instead, the suspect shows up weeks later with a nice suit and tie and his hair combed, while a lawyer casts doubt on the breathalyzer calibrations.
Let me know what you prefer, the status quo row, or to court we go, now.