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B.C. considers diluting tough new drunk driving laws

Solicitor -General Rich Coleman says he's pondering watering down the province's tough new drinking and driving rules.

The new rules have only been in place since September, but B.C. bars and restaurants say business has dried up since the law was changed.

Police can now hand out hefty fines or impound cars if drivers are pulled over with a blood alcohol limit above .05.

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Mr. Coleman says the new rules do not necessarily mean drivers will be penalized over that limit, but that police have the discretion to do so.

The province's top cop says he hasn't made up his mind about changing the law, but he's certainly planning a province wide campaign to let residents know it's still OK to have a drink out on the town.

Mr. Coleman made the comments as a Surrey court heard victim impact statements in the drunk driving death of Alexa Middelaer, the four-year-old girl the new law is named after.

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