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Retired officer says most cops will not abuse power with new drunk driving laws

Jim Hoskins says he believes most officers will not abuse their power with these new laws in place
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New drunk driving laws that have just been passed by parliament give police officers on the street the ability to demand a roadside sobriety check from any driver, regardless if that officer believes that person is impaired. 

There are some groups in Canada that are worried that these new powers will give officers the ability to harass people, and could even violate their rights.

Jim Hoskins is a retired police officer with over 30 years experience and told the Rick Howe Show that he believes that the vast majority of police officers on patrol will not abuse this new power.

"I put much more faith in the police department and don't believe that will be that case, although I can't say that there won't be some abuses," said Hoskins.

Hoskins believes that there will be more roadside checks done as a result of the change in law, suggesting that police will demand breath samples from more people just to make sure that a drunk driver doesn't get away.

Dan Ahlstrand

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