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Alberta judge rejects charter challenge from drivers charged with being impaired

03/01/2015 03:46 EST | Updated 05/01/2015 05:59 EDT
EDMONTON - An Alberta judge has rejected a challenge to a provincial law that suspends the licences of drivers who are charged with being impaired.

Since 2012, drivers who blow over .08 have their vehicles impounded for three days and lose their licences until their cases are resolved in court.

The process can take months.

A group of motorists who faced impaired driving charges had argued the law violates the Charter of Rights because it presumes guilt and violates people's rights by suspending their licences indefinitely.

Justice Thomas Wakeling, however, ruled people don't have a constitutional right to drive.

He also praised the law, saying it has probably saved lives and will continue to do so.

(CFFR)

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