MADD Canada

MADD Canada

October 18, 2007 11:20 ET

MADD Canada supports Federal Government's Violent Crime Bill

MADD's National President in Ottawa today to urge speedy passage of the impaired driving measures -- "... no political football. There’s nothing partisan about impaired driving.”

Attention: News Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 18, 2007) - Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD Canada) is supportive of federal Justice Minister Robert Nicholson's swift introduction of the violent crime legislation. The organization's National President Margaret Miller is in Ottawa today to urge Members of Parliament to pass the impaired driving measures in a quick and responsible manner.

"We want to see the new impaired driving laws enacted in Canada in the months ahead," says Mrs. Miller. "These particular impaired driving measures are overdue and the legislation is the carbon copy of the previously amended Bill C-32, which had the MPs' review in the Justice Committee in June."

Mrs. Miller explains that there are many positive elements found in the impaired driving amendments of the Criminal Code. "The legislation introduces a legal framework for apprehending and charging drivers high on drugs. It provides needed authority for police to properly lay charges at crash scenes where there has been a fatality. It also closes legal loopholes that are allowing impaired drivers to escape criminal convictions and walk."

"We view this legislation as going a long way towards reducing deaths and injuries on our roads," Mrs. Miller says, "and it is for that reason, MADD Canada is urging Parliamentarians to pass this Bill and bring into effect the new impaired driving measures that Canadians need to make our roads safer."

She adds, "We do not want to see this important legislation fumbled about and lost by MPs playing it like a political football. There's nothing partisan about impaired driving."

It is a twist of fate that Margaret Miller finds herself in Ottawa speaking about new impaired driving laws today. This is a very special family day for the Miller household. October 18th marks the birthday of son Bruce. He would have been 30 today, but for the impaired driving crash that took his life. Mrs. Miller reflects, "Bruce is with me here today and I hope MPs and Senators will take our message to heart. There is no reason why there are so many Canadians grieving as a result of drinking and driving, and toking and driving. Parents shouldn't have to bury their children in a country like ours."

"Impaired driving remains the number one criminal cause of death in our country and incidents of impaired driving continue to occur at an unacceptable rate. On average, each and every day, 4 Canadians are killed and another 190 are seriously injured. We need this legislation to properly deal with drug impairment and to introduce new, necessary measures to fight the crime of impaired driving at roadside and in the courts," says Mrs. Miller.

For more information, contact:
Margaret Miller, MADD Canada's National President (in Ottawa today) (902) 758-5328
/For further information: www.madd.ca/ IN: JUSTICE, POLITICS

Contact Information

  • Margaret Miller, National President
    Primary Phone: 902-758-5328