NDP urges government action on random roadside breathalyzer tests

OPP Constable Mark Radke explains the result of a breathalyzer test to a driver after being pulled over during a RIDE stop.

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OTTAWA - The feds have failed to provide cops with power to conduct random roadside breathalyzer tests, the NDP says.

"In 2010, Conservatives proposed changes to the Criminal Code to allow for random roadside breathalyzer tests," said NDP leader Thomas Mulcair. "Why has the government failed to act on its own proposal to prevent hundreds of deaths from drunk driving?"

Prime Minister Stephen Harper says drinking and driving is "a very serious issue" and he is "anxious" to look at next steps.

"There are far too many deaths from across the country and the government has brought in measures to deal with it," said Harper.

The feds say they have ushered in legislation to get tough on impaired drivers, but police officers do not have the legal capacity to conduct random breath tests.

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