Posts tagged driving law
What Happens When A Self Driving Car Kills Someone?

Self-driving cars are becoming more and more common on our roadways...but some people are becoming worried.

Last weekend, a pedestrian was struck and killed by a self-driving Uber in Arizona.  Pilot projects involving self-driving Ubers were immediately halted throughout North America, including in Toronto.  

As technology develops, there will surely be bugs to work out.  But what happens when a self-driving car is involved in a major accident?  Who is held accountable?  What are the legal repercussions?  

I sat down with Roundhouse Radio's Gene Valaitis to discuss this topic.  You can listen to the full interview here

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Expert Legal Evidence On Bill C-46 In Canada's Senate

Earlier this week, I was honoured to honoured to be personally invited to appear before the Standing Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs in order to advise them on bill C-46.

In the course of my appearance, I was asked to provide the Committee with five minutes of testimony in relation to the bill.  Afterwards, I was questioned by the Senators for fifty minutes.  

What resulted was a very broad and interesting conversation about the constitutional implications of this proposed law and the state of impaired driving. 

You can watch a video link or read a complete transcript of the appearance, which is archived here.

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The B.C. Government Reveals Its Plan to Create a 90-day Drug-Impaired Driving Scheme

Our provincial government has released a plan to deal with cannabis once it becomes legal.  

Amongst other things, it has revealed an intention to create a 90-day Immediate Roadside Prohibition scheme for drug-impaired drivers.  It is likely that this scheme will be similar to the one already in place for alcohol-impaired drivers.  

Of course, no one is pro-impaired driving...but will innocent people be unfairly punished?  And what does this mean for our Charter rights?

I sat down with Roundhouse Radio's Gene Valaitis to discuss some of the potential problems with our governments plan to curb drug-impaired driving.

You can listen to the full interview on Roundhouse Radio here.

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B.C.'s Answers to Some Big Cannabis Questions Leaves Much To Be Desired

Yesterday afternoon, the B.C. government made an announcement in relation to the use of recreational marijuana in our province.

We now have some more clarity around how the use, regulation and sale of the drug will look in B.C. will look once it becomes legal.  

And while the announcement answered some big questions, it also left a lot hanging in the balance.   

So let's get to it and break this announcement down into three topics - tenancy issues, drug-impaired driving and public use - in order to find out what it might mean for you.

You can also read the full article, as it appears in The Georgia Straight, here.

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Riding With An Unsecured Pet In Your Vehicle Could Result In Hefty Fines

It might surprise you to learn that riding with an unsecured pet in your vehicle could potentially result in a substantial traffic ticket.  

Drivers have the responsibility of ensuring that they exercise all the care and attention necessary to be a safe road user. Case law has stated that driving without due care and attention does not end with your mobile device - it focuses on the manner in which a vehicle is operated overall.

Last week, I spoke to 604 NOW about distracted driving laws and what this could mean for pet owners on the go.  You can read the entire article here.

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If You're Thinking That it's Okay to be Impaired in a Driverless Car, Guess Again

Driverless cars are coming to a highway near you, and they have many people asking: should impaired driving charges become a thing of the past?

As the law stands right now, a person can be charged with impaired driving if they are found either to be driving or in care or control of a motor vehicle while their ability to do is either impaired by a drug or alcohol or their blood-alcohol concentration exceeds 0.08 percent.

This means that a person can be charged, even if they aren’t technically driving...but should laws adapt to technological advancements in the auto industry?  

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What Does the Future of Self-Driving Cars Mean for DUI Law?

How will the increasing presence of automated vehicles on our roadways impact our current driving laws?  Will impaired driving charges become a thing of the past?  Or is it too soon to tell?

This week, I sat down with Roundhouse Radio's Gene Valaitis to discuss how automotive technology might change the ways that our laws apply.  

You can listen to the entire interview here.

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