A Look at Canada’s Deadliest Crime and the Efforts Needed to Keep it in Check
Every year, hundreds of Canadians lose their lives due to impaired driving and countless others sustain severe injuries that leave them permanently disabled. Despite the efforts taken by the organizations and safe driving advocates, the threat of drinking and driving in Canada still looms large. Here’s a startling fact: impaired driving in Canada accounted for more deaths than homicides, making it one of the deadliest crimes and a serious challenge facing the country.
A 2016 report by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) found that Canada of all developed countries had the worst impaired driving statistics participating in the survey, with the proportion of fatal crashes tied to the alcohol induced problem at 34%.
The years have rolled by, yet the threat of drunk driving remains substantial.
Private organizations like MADD (Mothers against Drunk Driving) Canada have long been running campaigns to eliminate the threat completely. Although it may seem like an audacious idea, they’re calling for tougher law enforcement measures to be implemented around the country, starting with more roadside sobriety checks. Last year, the Parliament signaled its support for tightening up the law by passing special reforms that authorized Canadian law enforcement officers to conduct Mandatory Alcohol Screening (MAS), a sobriety check on road. Suggested legal measures to keep impaired driving in check also included demanding the driver to provide a breath test whether or not the officials have reasonable suspicion that he or she is in a highly inebriated state. With the regulation coming into force, many thought it would deter impaired drivers from hitting the road and improve the odds of detecting one. While the new law was successful at making the roads a lot safer for driving and brought happiness to the families of victims, it appears that a few people have been on the receiving end of these sobriety checks too.
Reports of wrongful arrest and false imprisonment on a DUI charge are starting to surface from time to time for reasons that include false positives in the approved screening device, improperly conducted tests, inaccurate reading of Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) levels etc. If you were wrongfully detained for DUI and are looking for legal assistance to have the charges against you dropped or reduced, call this Canadian DUI law firm for an open conversation and discuss your exact case, the options at your disposal, and your chances of going to jail.
But beefing up laws might just not be enough. Make no mistake, law enforcement is really important, but it is next to impossible to arrest inebriated drivers the moment they get on the road, ready to wreak havoc on the persons and the vehicles coming their way. If we are to end the havoc caused by drunk driving, we must look to advanced technologies for alcohol detection that can prevent people from getting behind the wheel and driving away in the first place–if they’re impaired.
For over a decade, experts have been exploring advanced vehicle technologies to study the feasibility and effectiveness of these systems to prevent drunk driving from happening. Years of research have borne fruit and led to some technologically advanced products, some of which are so powerful they can detect alcohol in the driver’s system with high accuracy in an unobtrusive manner and then interlock their ignition if their blood alcohol readings are much higher than the set legal limit. Additional developmental effort might be required to make this technology work with better accuracy and precision, and for higher speed of measurement. Thankfully, work is underway in terms of testing how drivers will interact with this technology under different conditions and adding in refinements before it can be brought to the market. Making the technology accessible to the average consumer is a good idea but the successful culmination of efforts to avoid fatal deaths and prevent traumatic injuries will depend on how soon these systems are rigged to the cars of those previously convicted of DUI and habitual offenders that are likely to cause trouble. And that calls for a concentrated effort from multiple parties and organizations to bring together lawmakers, judges, prosecutors, and enforcement authorities so they can work out a way to implement these intelligent devices in the cars of the troublemakers.
Drunk driving is a critical problem. In spite of all the measures taken, it’s still one of the persistent problems that could potentially take someone’s life or turn their life inside out. But, it’s preventable. Many organizations such as MADDS Canada are up to the task and are taking the fight forward in many ways. Bringing reforms to existing law that can allow for tough safety measures would be a good road to go down. But it can’t eliminate the threat of drunk driving by itself completely. And it appears advanced technology may hold the key to curbing the menace of this dangerous practice completely. Highly intelligent and accurate devices can identify these drunks real quick just in the nick of time and stop them from causing carnage on road. That could pave the way for a safer future, free from the misery caused by killer drunk drivers.