MADD Canada

MADD Canada

December 18, 2007 12:15 ET

0.05% BAC! -- MADD Canada

MNAs urged to ‘do the right thing’ and set legal limit at 0.05% BAC

Attention: News Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Dec. 18, 2007) - The Province's legal limit of 0.08% BAC is too high and MNAs need to address this serious issue now for the safety of all Quebec motorists. MADD Canada members in Quebec are urging MNAs to pass the new 0.05% BAC law before the National Assembly breaks for Christmas.

"Quebec's current BAC legal limit for impaired driving law is too high," says Marie Claude Morin, MADD Canada's Chapter Services Manager for the Province of Quebec. "Frankly, the law is inadequate when it comes to protecting innocent drivers on our roads. Our MNAs must do the right thing here, for all of us who travel our roads."

"We support the Minister of Transport, Mme Julie Boulet, and this Government's actions to introduce more responsible BAC legal limits."

Ms. Morin adds, "Quebec is currently the only province that does not have administrative measures for motorists who drive with a BAC between 0.05% and 0.08%. Let's be better informed on levels of impairment and what they mean in real drinking terms and for a person's driving capabilities. With the facts, one can quickly deduce that today's allowable level of intoxication for drivers is far too high."

In Canada, all breathalyzer readings have a margin of error of 0.02 %; a reading of 0.08% BAC is actually 0.10% BAC. So, at this level, in practical terms, MADD Canada reports that a legal limit of 0.08% BAC means a 200 lb. man on an empty stomach can drink 6-plus standard drinks in two hours, and will likely not be charged with a Criminal Code impaired driving offence (253b). Likewise, a 130 lb. woman can drink 3-plus standard drinks in two hours and then drive without likely being charged with a Criminal Code impaired driving offence (253b).

"MADD Canada strongly believes the current allowable limits do not reflect social drinking, but rather intoxication levels that are far too risky for other safe and sober road users," says Ms Morin.

She explains that the international trend has been to reduce legal BAC limits. For years, France has had a 0.05% BAC. The following countries already have a BAC limit of 0.05% BAC or lower: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Japan, Macedonia, Malaysia, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Slovenia, Sweden and Turkey.

Research shows that every jurisdiction that has lowered its BAC limit has experienced some traffic safety benefits, such as reduction in drinking and driving, and decrease in alcohol-related crashes, injuries and deaths.

For an interview or more information, call Marie Claude Morin in Montreal at 1-877-392-6233.

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Contact Information

  • Marie Claude Morin, Chapter Services Manager
    Primary Phone: 877-392-6233 ext. 1
    Secondary Phone: 514-392-1550