Canada to remove drunk canoeing from impaired driving offenses
Legislation changes definition of driving vessel
Canadians, rejoice! The federal government is gearing up to remove drunken canoeing as an impaired driving offense.
Numerous charges have been brought against canoeists in Ontario over the summer, where people say there is a heavy police presence on waterways. Canoes, kayaks and inflatable rafts are all considered under the impaired driving laws. If charged, a person could face suspension of his or her driver's license, fines and/or vehicle impoundment.
According to Canada's National Post The new legislation changes the definition of a vessel so that it doesn't include one the is "propelled exclusively by means of muscular power."
Police can still arrest citizens for public intoxication, among other disorderly scenarios involving alcohol.