Kyla Lee was interviewed on CBC News to discuss yet another distracted driving ticket that was overturned and to clarify the rules on what constitutes distracted driving.
The latest distracted driving ticket to get tossed out by a B.C. judge could lead to adjustments to the law itself, the province’s public safety minister says.
In the meantime, Kyla Lee, a defence lawyer who specializes in traffic cases, says the new ruling sets a precedent that can be cited in future cases.
“Anybody who’s received a ticket for having their phone in their lap should be looking at disputing that ticket,” she said.
“If you’ve been convicted, you ought to appeal.”
Watch the news story here.
The Law Society of BC is no longer going to be asking applicants about their “mental fitness”.
Acumen Law’s Kyla Lee applauds the move saying these questions are unnecessary. “We have a process already designed to identify people who aren’t capable of being lawyers, that’s why we have articling. People who want to be lawyers have to work under the direct supervision of another lawyer for at least one year before they can be called and admitted to the bar. And that lawyer has to sign off on their fitness to practice law.”
Read more here.
Kyla joins the Jeff Andreas Show to discuss possible new training for judges when it comes to Sexual assault cases as well as the removal of medical fitness questions in the Law Society of BC admission application.
Welcome to the Sunday Night Health Show podcast! Tonight, we chat with lawyer from Acumen Law, Kyla Lee. Not about law though, but about mental health, specifically anorexia. We also have another Biodiet checkup with Dr. David G. Harper – maybe I didn’t have an oscar-worthy performance but it’s not the end of the world! We also have a conversation about emotional abuse – some signs to look out for. Finally, Ella Dreyshner, a life skills and weight loss coach, joins us to chat about how she helps women lose weight.
Roadside drug testing hits roadblock in Canada
It’s been a little over a year since the first roadside drug testing devices hit the streets. And Draeger Safety Canada, the company that makes the one of two used in Canada, is declaring it an unqualified success.
Kyla Lee got together with a number of experts – a former cop, a pharmacist, and a toxicologist – to perform her own study. One subject tested positive for opiates after eating poppy seeds. Another subject tested positive for THC after taking some lab-tested CBD oil.
The Draeger is one of two devices approved for roadside tests in Canada. The other, known as the Abbott SoToxa, is “arguably more accurate,” says Lee. But it also comes with its own set of problems. The device is meant to be used while resting on a flat surface.
Read the full story here.
Moving forward, every single driver stopped by police in Calgary can expect to blow a breathalyzer test.
Since December 2018, police in Canada have been able to demand preliminary samples without reasonable suspicion that drivers have alcohol in their bodies.
Calgary police have taken more than 15,600 samples since the force started mandatory checks more than a year ago. Those have resulted in 142 Criminal Code charges and 359 provincial sanctions.
“Knowing that there have been constitutional challenges filed in this country, to that law, its very brazen and I am surprised to see it,” Vancouver-based impaired driving lawyer Kyla Lee said.