Penticton Western News letters to the editor.

Letter: Concerned about a police state

Canadians should be very concerned about this

A story I saw recently on the news concerns me greatly.

Starting on Tuesday, police will apparently be able to pull someone over at random, regardless of whether or not you are committing an infraction, and demand a breath sample to check for impairment.

This is not only unconstitutional (we have a right to be free from arbitrary detention) but is very much “Police state-like” in my opinion. Canadians should be very concerned about this.

The authorities are using legalization of marijuana as an excuse to strip away our fundamental right to privacy. If this is permitted to happen, what will be next? Give them the right to randomly check homes without cause to make sure there are no weapons or drugs? I’m sure this will do a lot to help our backed up legal system, because I envision a whole lot of people fighting this in court.

It’s time we as citizens say enough is enough.

Mark Billesberger

Penticton

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