Seldom have I come across a more outrageous example of police overreach than what occurred at a Mississauga, Ontario Beer Store earlier this month.
As reported in the Toronto Sun, 70-year-old Art Lightowler says he was pulled over by a police officer for the first time in about half a century worth of driving, not because he was speeding or guilty of distracted driving. So what sort of traffic infraction had he allegedly committed?
Would you believe: impaired driving, kind of.
Apparently, the police officer had been staking-out the local Beer Store and observed Art returning an “excessive amount” of empties.
Up until last month, police had to have a reasonable suspicion to support a request for a roadside breath sample, but now with changes to the Criminal Code passed by the federal Liberals, police across Canada can randomly stop and administer roadside alcohol breath tests on any driver even without a reason to suspect that person has been drinking.
And apparently that includes someone “flaunting” their alleged liquor consumption by returning an “inordinate number of empties” for refund to a Beer Store.