CÉGEP students say new law is discrimination
Quebec's CÉGEP students say a new provincial law is discriminatory and they'll fight it in court.
The province announced today that it will impose zero-alcohol policy on all drivers under 21, starting April 15th.
George Iny, with the Automobile Protection Association, says young people have a higher-accident rate, and the province can use those numbers to back its law. "It's supported by the science, and because of that you are able to use age as a criteria," he says.
But, Quebec's CÉGEP students' association says the policy violates Canada's discrimination laws.
"It's a little bit like the government was saying, 'men are over-represented in car accidents with drunk driving, so we're going to impose zero tolerance on the men," says the president, Léo Bureau-Blouin. "That would never be accepted by the population."
The CÉGEP association has already served the province with a legal notice, and Bureau-Blouin says it plans to launch a court challenge next fall.
He says Quebec should instead impose a zero-alcohol limit on all new drivers for the first five years, regardless of their age.