Marni Soupcoff: Decriminalizing drunk driving can work, but can also hurt the vulnerable

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Discussion posted by: David McNamara

A spokesperson for Alberta’s department of justice said no final decisions have been made in that province about changing its policies for penalizing drunk driving — not so reassuring for those who fear Alberta will move towards decriminalization. We don’t know if the United Conservative Party will adopt an administrative penalty system but there are plenty of people who hope it doesn’t, including criminal defence lawyers. A switch would probably decrease business for them (something they don’t emphasize in public statements), and it would certainly decrease the constitutional protections enjoyed by some of their would-be clients (something they do mention frequently to reporters).