Unit 2: Criminal Law
CHAPTER 6: DRUG USE, DRINKING, AND DRIVING
E-ACTIVITY: ANTILOCK DEVICES FOR VEHICLES (p. 182)
Activity: Writing a Brief
Ignition interlock (or antilock) devices have been introduced as a
tool in the fight against impaired driving. These devices are used
to provide people convicted of driving while intoxicated with a way
to regain the privilege of driving while not endangering the public.
How do these devices work? Why would government want to sponsor such
a program? Who would want to participate? What are the requirements
for participation in such a program?
Assume you are a deputy assistant to the Minister of Transportation
in Province X. The minister needs to learn as much as she can about
ignition interlock programs, because she is going to participate on
a media panel on the subject very soon. You have been assigned to prepare
a brief for the minister—a quick, informative summary of all
pertinent information the minister will need to know. Your brief should
explain the current legislation in this area and provide information
about the program currently in place in Alberta. You want to provide
the minister with a sound understanding about the purpose of such programs
generally, who would qualify for the program, and how it would operate.
Work through the following questions to find the information you’ll
need to write your brief.