Just in time for the busy holiday party season and when RIDE programs are in full force across the country, Peel Regional Police will start enforcing new rules for impaired driving.

With new legislation — Bill C-46 — police forces across the country will begin to enforce tougher rules and penalties for those caught behind the wheel after consuming alcohol.

The new legislation, which comes into effect on December 18, will allow police to administer roadside breathalyzers to 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.

While this is new for Canada, other countries like Australia, New Zeland, and Ireland have all been doing it for years and have found it successful in decreasing the number of deaths caused by alcohol-impaired drivers.

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

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