MADD Canada

MADD Canada

May 26, 2006 08:25 ET

MADD: Impaired Driving should be Priority for new NS Government

Mothers Against Drunk Driving have written all three Party Leaders to urge Nova Scotia Legislators renew their focus on the crime of impaired driving Attention: News Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor WINDSOR, NOVA SCOTIA--(CCNMatthews - May 26, 2006) - Mothers Against Drunk Driving has written Nova Scotia Premier Rodney MacDonald, as well as N.D.P. Leader Darrell Dexter and Liberal Leader Francis MacKenzie to urge them to consider impaired driving initiatives in the Province's next Parliament. MADD Canada is calling on the Leaders - and all M.L.A.s - to ensure the fight for impaired driving is a priority for the next Government and in the next Parliament.

In correspondence to the three Leaders, MADD Canada National President Karen Dunham identifies three legislative initiatives that MADD supporters across Nova Scotia wish to see the next Provincial Government act on.

-- Enhance the graduated licence program, including a zero BAC condition for drivers until the age of 21 - establish a comprehensive three-stage GLP that considers appropriate restrictions and probationary periods for higher-risk driving circumstances; and, requires all GLP drivers to maintain a zero BAC condition until the age of 21.

-- Enhance the short-term licence suspension program - adopt the newly approved pan-Canadian model for short-term licence suspension program that would establish a 7 -14 day administrative licence suspension for those testing over 0.05% BAC; and, set increased penalties and a mandatory remedial program for repeat offenders. (The model builds on current best practices in Canada and is approved by all provincial government transport officials.)

-- Establish a mandatory alcohol ignition interlock program and a vehicle impoundment program - enact the Province's current interlock legislation and make it a mandatory program upon first offence; and, follow Manitoba's example of establishing a vehicle impoundment program for offenders who are convicted of a third impaired driving offence or caught driving with a suspended licence.

In her written correspondence, Mrs. Dunham expressed: "The human lives lost, the tremendous health and social costs, and the innocent victims of these 100% preventable crimes, all point to the urgent need for impaired driving to be a focus of the Government's mandate. MADD Nova Scotia Chapters ask that all MLAs consider and support these requests as action items for the Nova Scotia Government within the next two years."

MADD Canada is the country's preeminent anti-impaired driving group and the volunteer organization serves as the victims' voice on impaired driving issues. The current national president hails from the Maritime City of Saint John. MADD Canada has ten local organizations in Nova Scotia - Annapolis Valley, Antigonish, Bordertown (Amherst), Cape Breton (Sydney), Cobequid (Truro), Digby County, Halifax Regional, Lunenburg-Queens, Pictou County, and Yarmouth County.

For further information on MADD Canada's activities in the Province, contact Susan MacAskill in Windsor at 1-866-798-6233.

/For further information: Susan MacAskill, Atlantic Chapter Manager (Windsor, NS) 1-866-798-6233
Andrew Murie, CEO MADD Canada 1-800-665-6233, ext. 224/ IN: JUSTICE, POLITICS

Contact Information

  • Karen Dunham, National President
    Primary Phone: 506-650-7473