August 2018

The Twelve Weeks of DRE-Mas: Eye Examinations

After the preliminary steps are done, taking first pulse and an initial examination, the DRE officer is then able to move on to the more complex eye examinations. The results of these examinations are said to be used to help the DRE officer determine whether a person is impaired by a drug, and identify the class of drugs that is causing the impairment.

Eye examinations are particularly interesting because they do not actually say much about impairment at all. What they do say a lot about is the condition of a person’s eyeball and whether that person may have suffered head injuries, has or is suffering a stroke or a seizure, or whether a person may have neurological conditions. Of course, a police officer is in no position to determine any of this.

So read on to find out the three types of eye examinations that are used in the DRE Evaluation.

Weird and Wacky Wednesdays: Volume Fourteen

This week, on Weird and Wacky Wednesdays, we focus on how a series of bad decisions can seriously impact a person. From a lawyer who has not one but two troublesome marriages, to a man whose viral Internet fame cost him his employment, and finally to the case of a guy who tried to buffalo buffalo and ended up buffaloed in court, this week takes us through the interesting world of how one bad decision can lead to hilarious and then disappointing results.

Driving Law with Kyla Lee: Episode Nineteen

On Episode Nineteen of the Driving Law with Kyla Lee podcast, I speak with Paul Doroshenko about common client questions we get in relation to driving prohibitions. In particular, we discuss what to do when you receive a driving prohibition for points and the various options available to a person who has already received the prohibition. The answers may surprise, and probably disappoint, you.

You can listen to the podcast on iTunes, SoundCloud, or PlayerFM.

The Twelve Weeks of DRE-Mas: Preliminary Examination and First Pulse

Once the interview of the arresting officer is done, the DRE officer is armed, largely, with the knowledge needed to start the evaluation. After all, they’ve already been told what the subject said and did and therefore are aware of what to look for. So at this stage the DRE officer conducts a preliminary examination and takes the first in a series of pulses.

This is the step designed to create a chaotic baseline so that impairment can be inferred.

Weird and Wacky Wednesdays: Volume Thirteen

This week we have a very sexy edition of Weird and Wacky Wednesdays. We cover off three separate cases that show you how sex, love, and marriage can get you in a whole world of trouble. First, we look at a case involving a woman in Vancouver who was allegedly sleeping with her lawyer after marrying another man for money. Then, a police officer in trouble for using his body camera in a more Kardashian-esque manner. And finally, we look at the case of a couple who got more meat than they wanted at a steakhouse dinner.

Random Drug Testing Employees: Cases That Should Have Gone to the Supreme Court of Canada, But Didn’t!

Welcome to Cases That Should Have Gone to the Supreme Court of Canada, But Didn’t! This week, lawyer Kyla Lee discusses random drug testing employees.

Acumen Law Corporation lawyer Kyla Lee gives her take on a made-in-Canada court case each week, and discusses why these cases should have been heard by Canada’s highest court: the Supreme Court of Canada.

Traffic Court Justice Criticizes RoadSafetyBC Review Decisions

Recently, the BC Provincial Court had the opportunity to consider an important issue that has, heretofore, never been considered. And it was considered in traffic court, of all places. In the case of R. v. Sutton, the court considered the implications of a decision in an Immediate Roadside Prohibition review hearing and its impact on a traffic ticket issued in the same series of events.

I’m personally very excited by the legal developments that have been coming from our traffic courts and it is refreshing to see this level of court make so much progress in developing the law.

And while the argument did not work out in Mr. Sutton’s favour, the case raises a much more important issue. That is, how the RoadSafetyBC tribunal fails people in producing review decisions that do not properly outline the facts and law that led to the conclusion.

Driving Law with Kyla Lee: Episode Eighteen

This week on the Driving Law podcast, I sit down with Roy Ho of Acumen Law Corporation to talk about the changes to ICBC insurance rates, and whether this will actually do anything to change driving behaviour, crash rates, or insurance claims in the province. Roy’s opinion may surprise you, so be sure to tune in to that. But first, Paul Doroshenko and I speak about two new traffic court decisions that change the law in BC, and which promise to spell big trouble in future cases. And we’ve taken the podcast on the road, literally, for this discussion!

You can listen on SoundCloud, PlayerFM, or subscribe on iTunes and tune in every Friday for a new episode.

The Twelve Weeks of DRE-mas: Interview of the Arresting Officer

Last week, we talked about idiot-proofing in the DRE test. This week, we address another step in the Drug Recognition Evaluation that is designed to make sure the police do not completely bungle the test. This is known as the interview of the arresting officer.

In many cases, though not all, the person who makes the arrest of a supposed impaired driver is not trained in the Drug Recognition Evaluation program. As a result of the lack of training, this person cannot administer the test and another officer must be summoned to do it. This will be common in Canada, as after cannabis legalization we will still have very few trained officers in Canada.

So the interview is a very important step.

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