MADD gives P.E.I. a ‘D’ grade

Im­pair­ment-re­lated crashes re­main lead­ing crim­i­nal cause of death in Canada

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - THE PROVINCE -

Prince Ed­ward Is­land has re­ceived a “D” in a new MADD Canada re­port that looks at leg­is­la­tion aimed at re­duc­ing im­paired driv­ing.

This province and the neigh­bour­ing province of Nova Sco­tia both re­ceived rat­ings of 56 per cent in the re­port.

While that grade may seem rel­a­tively low, sev­eral prov­inces ac­tu­ally scored lower.

Saskatchewan, Man­i­toba, New­found­land and Labrador, New Brunswick and Que­bec all scored lower than P.E.I., with New Brunswick and Que­bec both re­ceiv­ing an “F” for a mark of 44 per cent.

Al­berta came out on top with a mark of 68 per cent, good for a grade of C+, fol­lowed by Bri­tish Columbia and On­tario, both of which scored a “C”.

MADD Canada says im­pair­ment-re­lated crashes re­main the lead­ing crim­i­nal cause of death in Canada.

“Cana­dian and in­ter­na­tional re­search have iden­ti­fied best prac­tices in im­paired driv­ing leg­is­la­tion which will re­duce im­pair­ment-re­lated crashes, deaths and in­juries,” said MADD Canada chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer An­drew Murie.

“It is dis­ap­point­ing that prov­inces have not adopted these mea­sures in full. In­stead, they are im­ple­ment­ing them in piece­meal fash­ion, or not at all.”

Prince Ed­ward Is­land, On­tario and Man­i­toba have in­tro­duced leg­is­la­tion within the past few weeks to strengthen var­i­ous im­paired driv­ing laws.

“While these changes are not re­flected in the cur­rent re­port, they will, when pro­claimed and en­acted, strengthen each province’s im­paired driv­ing laws,” the re­port states.

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