New impaired driv­ing reg­u­la­tions soon in force

The Beacon (Gander) - - News -

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.”

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