I appreciate the question and certainly welcome the views and opinions of this committee and other experts who may or may not come before the committee.
The decision to have random mandatory breath screening was made based on experiences and practices in other jurisdictions that have been very successful at reducing the number of impaired drivers on our roads and significantly reducing the deaths on the roads. It provides another tool for law enforcement officers to be able to identify whether an individual is impaired by alcohol, either at a roadblock such as we see at Christmas, for example, or through a random stop.
We've learned from other jurisdictions that it also acts as a significant deterrent for individuals who think there is some opportunity for them to calculate how much alcohol they can drink before getting behind the wheel of a car. We have learned from other jurisdictions that people will not want to take chances in terms of drinking before they get behind the wheel of a car. In our view and with that broad public policy reason in mind, we are putting forward mandatory screening to ensure that we do everything we can to keep our roads safe. Based on that public policy objective and the concept of reasonableness in terms of a very regulated environment, we deem it entirely appropriate to achieve its objective.