The holiday season is here and with Christmas parties and get-togethers in full swing, Peel Police will be cracking down on impaired driving even more than usual.

Later this month new impaired driving laws will be in effect, and if you get caught behind the wheel after consuming alcohol, you could be subject to the new federal rules around impaired driving.

Police will soon have the power to request roadside breathalyzers from anyone.

Prior to the new legislation, police could only ask for a breath test in situations where drivers appeared intoxicated or had reasonable grounds like the smell of alcohol, slurred speech, or erratic behaviour.

According to Collision Repair Magazine Australia, New Zealand and Ireland have all had success in decreasing the number of deaths caused by alcohol-impaired drivers using this traffic method

According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), four Canadians are killed daily due to drunk driving. MADD told CBC News that they expect the law to reduce impaired driving by 20 per cent, preventing 200 deaths and 12,000 injuries per year.

The new impaired driving laws come into effect as of December 18, aligning with Peel Police’s holiday RIDE programs.

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