On this week's episode of Driving Law, I speak with Roy Ho of Acumen Law Corporation about the new $50 fee for unlisted drivers in ICBC insurance rates. We talk about whether that will lead to an increase in impaired driving by discouraging designated drivers. But before that, Paul Doroshenko and I talk about the speed limit increases on BC Highways and a supposed increase in deaths and injuries. But that may not be the case.... Then, we talk about the charges laid against the Humboldt trucking company involved in the bus crash disaster, and whether that might have a bearing on the case against the truck driver.
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As we come to the end (only one week left!) of the Twelve Weeks of DRE-Mas, we also come to what is arguably the most easy and arguably the most difficult step of the DRE examination. And this is the step where the DRE officer considers all of the evidence and comes to the conclusion about what is going on.
This week's edition of Weird and Wacky Wednesdays focuses on one thing in particular. As we inch closer to cannabis legalization, I thought I would break down three very weird, very wacky cases involving cannabis and the law. Because you can't get much better than a super high person doing something super funny... except when they do it in Florida, of course.
So, in honour of cannabis legalization, read on and find out more about crazy cannabis crimes!
Oh boy. This week's episode of the Driving Law Podcast is a must-listen if you're at all concerned about cannabis impaired driving. I speak with Ron Moore, a forensic toxicologist and lawyer, who has unique expertise in cannabis impairment and driving. Ron has also helpfully provided a bibliography with the studies he relied on in making his comments, and you can find that bibliography if you click "Read More" below.
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If you were following along with this series from last week, you know that this step in Canada is combined with the check for muscle tone. However, the official twelve steps of the program have separated this step from the check for muscle tone.
In some ways, as I will describe below, this is one of the more troubling aspects of the DRE examination.
On this week's edition of Weird and Wacky Wednesdays, we look at a truly Canadian fraud case, where a BC-wide arrest warrant has been issued. Then, we turn our attention to the unexpected perils of unsanitary tattoo practices. Finally, an argument we all have had way too many times spirals out of control. Oh no!
There is a tendency to believe that longer sentences deter individuals from offending, and re-offending. However, evidence proves that the recidivism rate of individuals given longer sentences is not significantly decreased due to their long sentence. This was recently borne out in New Zealand, where a brave judge finally called out the Crown on their reliance on the need for a long sentence to deter others.
In the case, Justice Matthew Palmer of the New Zealand court was faced with a difficult sentencing task: choosing whether to give a person a long jail term for a serious offence or not. Obviously that task is going to weigh heavily on the mind of any judge. This case was complicated by the fact that the judge was required to sentence two siblings for their role as couriers in a methamphetamine trafficking ring.
This week on the Driving Law Podcast, I speak with Scott Wonder. He is a fantastic DUI lawyer in Washington state, with particular expertise in the consequences of any administrative or criminal impaired driving incident on pilot licenses. Then, Paul Doroshenko and I discuss more updates to the Drager DrugTest 5000 situation as well as an app that is supposed to detect drug impaired driving. Is this app admissible in court? We dispel some myths that have been in the media lately.
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The next step in the Drug Recognition Evaluation is to check the subject's body for muscle tone. The rationale behind this is that some drugs will make your muscles rigid and some will make them flaccid, and that will help the DRE officer determine the class or category of drug that a person has taken.
In Canada, this step is combined with the next of the twelve steps, which is to take the subject's pulse and check for injection sites. However, as we are going by the twelve steps individually, I will deal with that next week.
Vancouver Criminal Lawyer with a focus on impaired driving, marijuana legalization and related issues, and immediate roadside prohibition defence.