Driving bans don’t breach Inuit hunting rights, Nunavut judge rules – Nunatsiaq News

by ahnationtalk on November 24, 202343 Views

Nov 24, 2023

Court upholds Criminal Code’s mandatory 1-year driving prohibition for drunk driving

Mandatory driving prohibitions for drunk driving convictions do not breach Inuit hunting rights, a Nunavut judge ruled Thursday.

Justice Paul Bychok released a 16-page written decision in response to a charter challenge put forward by four Inuit men convicted of alcohol-related driving offences in Rankin Inlet. Bychok heard their arguments on Sept. 1.

In the Canadian Criminal Code, impaired driving convictions come with a mandatory driving prohibition of at least one year for the first offence. For second and third offences, that prohibition goes up to a minimum of two and three years, respectively.

Lawyers for the men argued that driving bans undermine sections of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms that cover rights to liberty and security, protections from cruel and unusual punishments, and equality.

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