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Canada : Impaired driving penalties increase.

The penalties for impaired driving in Prince Edward Island will become stricter starting tomorrow (September 16).

Amendments to the provinces Highway Traffic Act extend vehicle impoundments, increase some ignition interlock terms, add licence suspensions to a driving record, and toughen rules for younger drivers.

Prince Edward Island has the highest conviction rate and the harshest punishments for impaired drivers in Canada, but there is always more we can do as a province to get to zero impaired driving incidents, zero injuries and zero collisions, Transportation, Infrastructure and Energy Minister Paula Biggar said. These changes are another step forward in our governments commitment to improving safety on Island roads through education, enforcement, highway design, and legislation.

Changes to the act will:

allow vehicle impoundments for roadside driving suspensions and for impaired driving convictions;

increase the minimum mandatory ignition interlock term for those convicted of a second impaired driving offence to three years and five years, based on blood alcohol levels;

allow short-term roadside driver license suspensions to be added to a drivers abstract; and

extend the zero-tolerance period for blood alcohol so that it applies to all new graduated licenced drivers 22 years of age and under.

The amendments to the Highway Traffic Act were developed in consultation with MADD Canada and the Prince Edward Island Association of Chiefs of Police. They also draw on the work of the provinces 2013 impaired driving summit.

MADD Canada welcomes the enactment of these important new impaired driving measures, said MADD Canada Chief Executive Officer Andrew Murie. Extended BAC restrictions for young drivers, vehicle impoundments, and the other measures coming into effect will help to reduce impaired driving, and will save lives and prevent injuries. We thank the Government of Prince Edward Island for its leadership and its commitment to making the provinces roads safer.

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Date:Sep 16, 2017
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