Police AssociAtion of novA scotiA 27 A new federal law aims to give police officers the right to demand a sobriety test from drivers. On July 2, changes to Bill C-32 will mean roadside sobriety tests are no longer voluntary. A number of police officers from across Prince Edward Island and Fredericton, N.B., were in Charlottetown on Wednesday being trained on how to conduct field sobriety tests. “We’re doing standard field sobriety testing. What that is is another tool for police officers across Prince Edward Island,” said RCMP C onst. Ken Wakelin, one of the instructors at the training session. This type of training is not new to P.E.I. It’s been taking place here for a number of years. Wakelin is one of four instructors in the Charlottetown area trained to show officers what to look for. As of July 2, officers will be able to demand drivers take a roadside sobriety test. “Before, everything was voluntary. After that, it would become mandatory,” he said, noting that it could take a while before mandatory roadside testing goes into effect here. Wakelin said most of the time people volunteer to take the sobriety test immediately after being pulled over. “Most people have no problem in doing it, the reason being it only takes three to 10 minutes to do, depending on the area and terrain. Most people are happy doing a standard sobriety test in front of an officer rather than blowing into an instrument because they can’t control that instrument.” While chapters of Mothers Against Drunk Drivers across Canada have been in favour of the new law, saying it will take more impaired drivers off the roads, one group, the B.C. Civil Liberties Association, is concerned about the reliability of the tests and personal privacy. Wakelin stressed police have no intention of abusing the privilege. “I don’t want people to think that we can just pull people off the road at random, that’s not right. It violates everyone’s Charter of Rights, including my own. That’s something we’re definitely cognizant of and we don’t want whatsoever.” Wakelin said the new law comes from concerns from policing agencies across Canada, which are concerned over impaired driving. While the Supreme Court agreed breath testing is an infringement of somebody’s rights, it is also ruled that it’s one that is acceptable, given the carnage on Canada’s highways every year. New federal law means roadside sobriety test will be mandatory Originally published May 29th, 2008 - The Guardian By Dave Stewart Police officers from across Prince Edward Island and Fredericton being trained on how to conduct field sobriety tests JUST THE FACTS What police look for As of July 2, standard field sobriety tests will become mandatory: Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus:an involuntary jerking movement of the eyeball that occurs naturally as an individual’s eye gazes to the side. When the effects of alcohol impair an individual, this jerking is exaggerated and can occur at lesser angles. A person under the influence of drugs or alcohol will have greater difficulty tracking a moving object. Walk-and-Turn Test:The individual is instructed to take nine steps, heel to toe, along a straight line. After taking the steps, the individual is instructed to turn on foot and return in the same manner along the original path. One-Leg Stand Test:An individual is instructed to stand with one foot approximately six inches off the ground and count aloud in thousands until instructed by law enforcement personnel to put the foot down. The individual is timed for 30 seconds. Second United Baptist Church was joined by other African United Baptist Association churches in its second simultaneous Walk Against Violence Nov. 22 in New Glasgow. The walk is among ways the church tries to raise public awareness to eradicate the violence in local communities and around the Province. The walk followed the church service and proceeded from Washington, Frederick and Tremont streets to the Africentric Park on Vale Road. Originally published November 25th, 2009 - The Advocate - Goodwin photo. Walk against violence