Is it time to lower the legal blood-alcohol limit in Quebec?

Thursday, 10 August 2017, 03:59:39 AM. Federal Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould is considering lowering the legal alcohol limit for licensed drivers from 0.08 to 0.05.
Federal Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould has announced she is considering lowering the legal alcohol limit for drivers, but some say it's far from a solution to drunk driving.  Wilson-Raybould sent a letter to Quebec Justice Minister Stephanie Vallée in May in which she suggested lowering the limit to 50 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood from the current 80 milligrams. The federal minister says the change would make it easier to fight drunk driving. Not so, says Hubert Sacy, the director of Éduc'alcool. "You don't pull a rabbit out of a hat and just decide that this is the magic answer to everything," Sacy tells CBC News.  "Everywhere where drunk driving has decreased it has never been the result of a legislative change only," Sacy says. "There's tons of measures that need to come before that." Changes to Canada's drunk driving laws will give police sweeping powers, warn legal experts Sacy says much of the work needs to be done on the provincial level, including increasing the perception that drunk drivers will be caught. More road checks are needed, he says, and restaurant and bar servers should have the power to stop drunk patrons from driving. Hubert Sacy, the director of Éduc'alcool, says enforcement measures should be taken before a change in the law. (CBC) Wilson-Raybould says the current rules were established after research indicated the risk of being involved in a car crash was twice as likely when a driver has 80 milligrams of alcohol per...Read more
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