Q&A - 24 Hour Prohibition for Drug Use
This past year my 18yr old son was stopped and ticketed for having an extra passenger in his vehicle. It was late in the evening and they had been at a party. He was designated driver that evening and had not been drinking or doing drugs. However, the constable that stopped him pointed her flashlight in his eyes and accused him of being on drugs. She decided this in mere seconds of observation.
He protested and offered to be tested, be it breathalizer or blood test, what ever kind of test. He was told there was no roadside test for this. She proceeded to write this accusation on his ticket and impounded the vehicle. Had we known what would follow I would have taken him to have a blood test done immediately when I picked him up that evening.
Later on, he received a letter in the mail advising that "due to his bad driving record" his license was suspended for four months. We sent in letters from the witnesses that were there and friends that were at the party as well as our own protest to this unjust accusation. We waited two months only to receive the same letter again advising him of his four month suspension. It was as if no one even took the time to look at these letters or his statement.
My argument is this is unjust and unfair. My son now has this "drug suspicion" on his driving record and it will be there permanently. If he were guilty, fine, but if not guilty is it fair that he should have to carry such a burden? My son does not do drugs.
I know what you are thinking, "you are his mother of course you believe this". Well it is true. He wants (or I should say wanted) to go into the RCMP once he is of age to apply, he is not likely to take any chances by using drugs. Now this overly enthusiastic constable has tarnished his record and for what ever her reason he now has to live with this.
How can we have this removed from his driving record? How can we prevent other incidents of this nature from occurring to him or to others?
I don't believe the GLP is the answer. From my point of view it has given the police license to harass new drivers rather than to encourage them and they aren't learning anything different. Safe driving is what we need to teach them. A better plan would be to introduce defensive driving courses as part of the school curriculum and make this mandatory. That way every young person learns from a professional rather than any "joe" behind the wheel of a vehicle.