The Canadian Justice Department recently conducted a study that warned that lowering the bar for drunk driving could overwhelm an already taxed justice system. The study finds that if the Canadian government ever lowers the criminal DUI threshold, the courts, police forces and jails may be unable to handle the results.
The Justice Department’s criminal law policy section warns that lowering blood alcohol limits to what exists in other countries would overload the system. The current Canadian drunk-driving threshold is 80 mg. of alcohol per 100 milliliters of blood, or .08 percent. Drivers with levels above this level face criminal charges, incarceration and severe penalties. The standard in Canada was set in 1969 and many feel it is out of step with the times. Organizations like Mothers Against Drunk Driving and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health are pressuring the Canadian government to lower the blood alcohol limit. Australia, Germany and Italy have blood alcohol levels of .05 percent.
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