Broader drink-drive law raises concerns about discrimination

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Victoria Criminal Lawyer Robert Mulligan, Q.C., discussing the potentially discriminatory impact of changes to impaired driving laws in a Times Colonist story by Katie DeRosa.

“The concern is that this broadened power will facilitate potentially inequitable or discriminatory effects,” Mulligan said. “If you can make demands of anyone who is lawfully stopped, such as during a traffic investigation or a licence check, is it possible that this will result in minority groups or other disadvantaged people being disproportionately affected by criminal-code interventions of this kind?”