Alberta’s Court of Appeal will hear arguments today about our province’s impaired driving legislation.
Lawyer Nate Whitling is heading up a constitutional challenge to changes made more than four years ago. They allow police to immediately seize the licenses of accused drunk drivers, and hold those licenses until the charge is resolved.
Whitling argues the law encourages drivers to plead guilty, even if they’re not, just to get their lives and their licenses back. Last year, an Alberta judge sided with the province, saying driving is not a constitutionally protected right. (bd, scb)