_News Talk 770
A legal group says Alberta's proposed plan to crack down on suspected impaired drivers will lead to innocent people being harshly punished.
The Criminal Trial Lawyers' Association says it is particularly concerned about part of Bill 26 that deals with people suspected of driving over the legal limit of .08.
President D'Arcy DePoe says the bill calls for suspending the licence of a suspected impaired driver until the criminal charge is resolved by the courts.
He says with the court system badly backed up, it could take up to a year for a case to go to trial.
DePoe says the legislation is designed to force people to plead guilty even if they're innocent just so they can get their licence back more quickly.
The association plans to lobby the Alberta government to amend the bill, and warns the legislation will face a charter challenge.