New im­paired driv­ing reg­u­la­tions soon in force

Nor'wester (Springdale) - - EDITORIAL -

New reg­u­la­tions to ac­com­pany amend­ments to the High­way Traf­fic Act aimed at re­duc­ing im­paired driv­ing have been pub­lished in the New­found­land and Labrador Gazette and will be in force Sept. 21.

When the leg­is­la­tion is pro­claimed on Sept. 21:

A driver whose li­cence is sus­pended af­ter an im­paired driv­ing con­vic­tion will be re­quired to en­ter a manda­tory ig­ni­tion in­ter­lock pro­gram as a con­di­tion of re­in­state­ment.

Driv­ers younger than 22 will be re­quired to main­tain a blood al­co­hol con­tent of zero per cent while driv­ing.

Any driver found to have a blood al­co­hol con­tent of 0.08 or greater will have their ve­hi­cle im­pounded for a min­i­mum of 30 days.

Driv­ers who are 22 years of age or older who are found to have a blood al­co­hol con­tent of 0.05 or greater but less than 0.08, will have their ve­hi­cle im­pounded for seven days.

Novice driv­ers and driv­ers un­der 22 years of age will have their ve­hi­cle im­pounded for seven days if they are found to have a blood al­co­hol con­tent greater than zero but less than 0.08.

Bill 68 re­ceived unan­i­mous ap­proval when it was de­bated in the House of Assem­bly in March, Ser­vice NL noted in a news re­lease.

The province de­vised the new reg­u­la­tions in con­sul­ta­tion with Moth­ers Against Drunk Driv­ing Canada, and with the sup­port of the Royal New­found­land Con­stab­u­lary and the Royal Cana­dian Mounted Po­lice.

“Our gov­ern­ment com­mit­ted to de­vel­op­ing strong reg­u­la­tions to ac­com­pany Bill 68 to address im­paired driv­ing. These reg­u­la­tions will help re­duce im­paired driv­ing and make our roads, high­ways and com­mu­ni­ties safer for ev­ery­one, said Ser­vice NL Min­is­ter Sherry Gam­bin-Walsh.

“MADD wel­comes these im­por­tant changes to the province’s im­paired driv­ing laws. They send a pow­er­ful mes­sage that im­paired driv­ing will not be tol­er­ated, and they will have a sig­nif­i­cant ben­e­fit in terms of pre­vent­ing crashes and sav­ing lives,” said Pa­tri­cia Hy­nesCoates, MADD Canada na­tional pres­i­dent.

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