Month: July 2018

Kyla Lee on Vancouver Consumer on CKNW

Vancouver criminal lawyer Kyla Lee as asked to appear on Vancouver Consumer (this was not a paid programming piece) to discuss the ins and outs of cannabis legalization and marijuana impaired driving with Sterling Faux. Please have a listen above.

Driving Law: Episode 15

In this week’s episode of Driving Law, I sit down with Tim Schewe, a retired police officer and founder of the DriveSmartBC Blog. We talk about the past, present, and future of impaired driving investigations in this country. It was a really interesting discussion from someone who engaged in policing and traffic work from a time before there were approved screening devices, to when they were introduced, and to his opinion on the future of random breath testing.

You can find the podcast on iTunes or SoundCloud!

Cell phone immobilizer defence established in distracted driving cases

Good news, drivers. A new defence has been established for the charge of using an electronic device while driving.

Courts tend to be very stringent when it comes to enforcing this offence. A BC government PR campaign against distracted driving has not helped the situation. The courts have taken a very broad interpretation of what constitutes “use” of an electronic device.

An Increase in Drug-Impaired Driving? Highly Unlikely

Police in Hamilton, Ontario are supposedly sounding the alarm after an increase in drug-impaired driving arrests. But surprisingly, the police are actually laying the blame where it appropriately lies: at their own feet. Okay, so they are being slightly more nuanced than that. The police in Hamilton are claiming that their “better training” is helping them to spot more impaired drivers who need to be taken off the road. They are celebrating the increased number of arrests.

And I want to break that down.

Driving Law with Kyla Lee: Episode Fourteen

This week’s episode of Driving Law begins with an interesting discussion with Grant Gottgetreu about police discipline and, in particular, the New Westminster Police Constable who is facing a disciplinary review with the Office of the Police Complaints Commissioner after she was issued an Immediate Roadside Prohibition.

In the second half of the episode, I am joined by Paul Doroshenko of Acumen Law Corporation. We discuss another issue of police discipline, involving two officers who were caught on camera using a “coin-toss” app to make a decision about whether or not to arrest. Then, we ponder the possibility of police seizing and using biometric data on cell phones in drug impaired driving cases.

Have a listen on SoundCloud or on iTunes!

Cannabis Research Money Too Little Too Late

The Federal Government has announced a commitment to nearly $1 Million in funding for research into cannabis impairment. And while it is nice to see the government finally direct money toward studying this important issue, it is also a little bit frustrating. In reality, the decision to do this, at this stage of the game is far too little, too late.

Weird and Wacky Wednesdays: Volume Eight

They say a man who represents himself has a fool for a lawyer. But what if you have a pile of wool for a lawyer? Find out more about this strange situation on this week’s edition of Weird and Wacky Wednesdays. Then, we explore the case of a thirteen-year-old charged with eavesdropping. And because I’m partial to impaired driving, another wacky excuse that didn’t fly in a DUI investigation.

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