New impaired driving regulations soon in force
ST. JOHN’S, NL — 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 (MADD) 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,” said Patricia Hynes-Coates,
MADD Canada’s national president. “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.”