MADD Canada

MADD Canada

May 28, 2009 14:30 ET

Enact longer licence suspensions, MADD Canada urges Nova Scotia

MADD Canada calls on all parties vying in the upcoming provincial election to move forward with important impaired driving legislation

Attention: City Editor, News Editor NOVA SCOTIA, MEDIA RELEASE--(Marketwire - May 28, 2009) - As Nova Scotia prepares for a June 9th provincial election, MADD Canada urges all political parties to commit to moving forward with proposed amendments to strengthen roadside suspension laws for drivers with BACs of .05% or higher.

In November of 2008, the Government of Nova Scotia introduced Bill 238, a proposed amendment to the Motor Vehicle Act which would extend the roadside suspension for drivers with a .05% BAC or higher from the current 24 hours to seven days. The proposal includes longer suspensions for drivers with repeat infractions. The legislation is still awaiting final reading and proclamation.

"We strongly urge all new and returning officials elected on June 9th to make this legislation a priority and pass it quickly," says MADD Canada Volunteer National President Margaret Miller. "Longer roadside suspensions are an effective way of reducing impaired driving, thereby saving lives and preventing injuries."

A seven-day roadside suspension for .05% BAC or higher is a key policy in MADD Canada's Rating the Province Report Card. The report makes recommendations for impaired driving laws based on empirical evidence and current international experience, and provides an annual review of provincial and territorial progress on legislation and amendments aimed at stopping impaired driving. The 2009 report card will be published later this year.

MADD Canada is pleased to see provinces and territories examining and amending their impaired driving laws. Most recently, Prince Edward Island enacted a seven-day roadside suspension for drivers with a BAC of .05% or higher. Nova Scotia has been among the leaders in legislation and programs to prevent impaired driving in the past but MADD Canada is concerned about the delay in implementing the seven-day roadside suspension amendment.

"A seven-day suspension sends a strong message about the dangers of impaired driving and it encourages people to consider the risks before getting behind the wheel when they really should not be driving," says Mrs. Miller. "The sooner it is implemented, the sooner we can hope to see reductions in alcohol-related driving crashes, deaths and injuries."

About MADD Canada
MADD Canada (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) is a national, charitable organization that is committed to stopping impaired driving and supporting the victims of this violent crime. With volunteer-driven groups in more than 100 communities across Canada, MADD Canada aims to offer support services to victims, heighten awareness of the dangers of impaired driving and save lives and prevent injuries on our roads.

/For further information: Visit www.madd.ca or call Margaret Miller, MADD Canada Volunteer National President at 902-758-5328. / IN: JUSTICE, SOCIAL

Contact Information

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