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Police Officers: Road Safety and Effect Tuesday

police officers: Among other changes, the bill spells out that police officers are able to demand a breath sample from any driver they stop, according to CTV. Previously, police needed to have a reasonable suspicion of impaired driving before they could conduct a test. Those changes are the result of Bill C-46, which was passed in June and came into effect Tuesday. Mothers Against Drunk Driving has welcomed the change, saying similar rules in other countries have improved road safety, while the Canadian Civil Liberties Association has expressed concern that racial minorities will be disproportionately affected. The bill also increases maximum prison terms for many impaired driving offences from five years to 10, and gives the Crown the ability to seek dangerous offender designations for dangerous drivers, impaired drivers, hit-and-run drivers and people convicted of fleeing from police. Police officers are also now able to test drivers for impairment by using any device approved by the attorney general. ( As reported in the news.