MADD Canada

MADD Canada

December 02, 2009 09:32 ET

PEI ranks 3rd in review of provincial / territorial impaired driving

Attention: News Editor HALIFAX/NOVA SCOTIA/MEDIA RELEASE--(Marketwire - Dec. 2, 2009) - Prince Edward Island is the highest ranking Atlantic jurisdiction in MADD Canada's Rating the Provinces and Territories: The 2009 Report, ranking 3rd with a grade of B.

Rating the Provinces and Territories: The 2009 Report is MADD Canada's comprehensive study of provincial and territorial impaired driving laws. It identifies legislative initiatives that will make the most significant reductions in alcohol and drug-related crashes, fatalities and injuries. Full details on the 2009 Report can be found on MADD Canada's web site (www.madd.ca/english/research/tbor2009.pdf).

"Prince Edward Island is among the leaders in effective legislative reform to reduce impaired driving," said MADD Canada National President Margaret Miller. "The province rose 7 positions since the last review in 2006 on the strength of the amendments it has introduced, including the first 7- day administrative licence suspension program in Canada."

* Prince Edward Island scored well for its: 7-day administrative licence suspension for drivers with BACs over .05%; for increasing its minimum driving age to 16; and for enacting a 3-stage graduated licensing program lasting at least 2 ¾ years.

* Nova Scotia also ranked well, in 4th position with a grade of B. It scored well for enacting a .00% BAC limit for drivers for the first 4 ¾ years, but the measure has not yet been proclaimed in force. The province is encouraged to proclaim the .00% BAC in force, and to introduce a 7 - 14 administrative licence suspension program for drivers who are reasonably believed to be impaired or who have BACs over .05%.

* New Brunswick ranked 12th with a Grade of D+. The province scored well for its new .00% BAC alcohol limit for drivers under 21 years but still lacks other key measures, including a 7 - 14 administrative licence suspension program for drivers who are reasonably believed to be impaired or who have BACs over .05%.

* Disappointingly, Newfoundland and Labrador was among the six jurisdictions which made little progress since the 2006 Report. It ranked 8th, with a Grade of C+. The province needs a number of legislative reforms, including: a 7 - 14 administrative licence suspension program for drivers who are reasonably believed to be impaired or who have BACs over .05%; and a .00% BAC limit for all drivers under 21 and all drivers during their first five years of licensure.

"We are pleased with the progress that some provinces have made, and we hope those jurisdictions which have not make made significant changes will take this opportunity to assess their laws and embrace the best practice measures which this report recommends," Mrs. Miller said.

MADD Canada began working on the Rating the Provinces and Territories Report more than 10 years ago as a way to identify best practices in road safety and initiate a dialogue with provincial and territorial governments on the critical role they can play in reducing impaired driving.

Ontario took top honours in the 2009 Report, receiving a grade of A- and ranking 1st among all provinces and territories. Ontario's impaired driving reforms include: a comprehensive graduated licensing program; 3-day administrative licence suspensions for drivers with blood alcohol concentrations of .05%; a comprehensive vehicle impoundment program; and a mandatory alcohol interlock program for all federal impaired driving offences.

/For further information: Margaret Miller, National President, MADD Canada at 902-758-5328.
Susan MacAskill, Chapter Services Manager – Atlantic Region, MADD Canada at 1-866-798-6233.
Andrew Murie, Chief Executive Officer, MADD Canada at 1-800-665-6233, ext. 224.
Robert Solomon, National Director of Legal Policy, MADD Canada at 519-661-3603.
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Contact Information

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