There have been a lot of discussions about RBT vs SBT in Canada (Random Breath Test and Selective Breath Testing) – Random Breath Testing means that during a RIDE type program where they are stopping cars to check for Impaired Drivers, each driver would perform a breathalyzer test instead of just the ones that the police suspect are Drunk. This is what is predominantly used in every other country in the world, especially the ones that have made HUGE drops in Impaired Driving rates.
The one argument that keeps coming up is, “it’s against their charter rights”.
First, it’s not. The Canadian Supreme Court has quashed that argument more than once.
Second, what about my daughter’s charter rights (and the other rights of our children that are killed by drunk drivers)? What about the charter rights of the 6, yes 6 (up from 4), people killed by Impaired Drivers every day in this country? What about the Charter Rights of the 185 people injured by Impaired Drivers every day in this country? What about the Charter Rights of every other Canadian that is a moving target for Impaired Drivers? I would like to know who decided that the Charter is there to protect the criminals while they are clearly committing the crime instead of protecting our right to live.
What about my Charter Right to be able to kiss my daughter goodnight tonight?