Drivers’ records to be cleared after faulty breathalyzer tests

Minister of Justice and Attorney General Shirley Bond.



VANCOUVER -- Port Moody, BC, police are responsible for making reparations to more than a dozen motorists hit with driving suspensions after it was discovered cops used faulty breathalyzers, according to B.C.'s justice minister.

Shirley Bond told reporters Thursday she has also ordered all B.C. police agencies to recalibrate their breathalyzers.

"I am not happy that this happened," she said, adding those particular drivers' records will be cleared as a result of the bad calibrations in Port Moody.

"There are strict protocols in place that I expect these agencies to follow."

The Office of the Police Complaint Commissioner (OPCC) reviewed 176 cases from Port Moody, where it was suspected a faulty breathalyzer was used to administer roadside tests.

The OPCC audit found 14 drivers were issued unwarranted suspensions.

Penalties for failing to pass a breathalyzer test range from $600 to $4,060.

Drivers who produce a blood-alcohol content reading of 0.05 face immediate driving suspensions that go from three to 30 days, while those who blow 0.08 or higher face a 90-day suspension.

Motorists are also on the hook for any towing or impoundment expenses that are incurred.

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