BC Justice Minister Suzanne Anton says a Supreme Court of Canada decision this morning supports the “fundamentals” of the province’s controversial Immediate Roadside Prohibition laws.
The Supreme Court ruled the BC government did not violate charter rights on the presumption of innocence when they enacted the IRP program.
Anton does concede the court did have one concern about it.
“A fairness issue which we have dealt with, we dealt with that (three) years ago when we made the amendments three years ago.”
But Anton says current laws are okay.
“I’m confident that the laws as currently writ satisfies the concerns that were expressed about the older version of the law.”
Friday’s ruling applied to the 2010 version of the law, the province has since been changed to allow drivers a second breath test and a legal review of their driving ban.
Vancouver lawyer Shea Coulson had challenged the laws, leading up to the high court ruling. He says the decision was balanced.
“Because it had a difficult task in front of it to allow the province to take steps to reduce drinking and driving, while at the same time, respecting the charter rights of individual drivers.”
Coulson represented a driver who had his car impounded, and was banned from driving for 90 days in 2011.