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Impaired driving legislation clears Senate with key changes

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Impaired driving legislation clears Senate with key changes

Life-saving legislation returns to House of Commons for consideration.

Government legislation that creates new and stronger laws against alcohol- and drug-impaired driving has been approved in the Senate along with several key changes.

Among the changes to be considered by the House of Commons is a requirement for a review within three years that includes an evaluation of whether the new law has led to discriminatory treatment of any particular group.

Bill C-46 proposes to increase maximum penalties and minimum fines for impaired driving offences, especially for repeat offenders.

The bill also creates new criminal offences for driving with specified blood-drug concentrations, and authorizes police to conduct roadside drug-screening tests for suspected impaired drivers.

Senator Gwen Boniface, an independent Senator representing Ontario and former Commissioner of the Ontario Provincial Police, sponsored the legislation in the Senate.

Impaired driving legislation clears Senate with key changes

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