MADD Canada

MADD Canada

December 07, 2011 11:26 ET

MADD Canada Applauds Alberta's Impaired Driving Laws

OAKVILLE, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 7, 2011) - The passage of Bill 26 in the Legislature on December 6 gives Alberta strong and effective impaired driving laws which will help reduce the number of alcohol-related crashes, deaths and injuries on the province's roads, according to MADD Canada.

"Alberta lagged behind other jurisdictions in terms of its impaired driving laws, but that is not the case anymore," said MADD Canada National President Denise Dubyk. "This Government has shown great leadership in updating our laws to improve road safety for Albertans."

Key among the important measures in Bill 26 are the strong sanctions for drivers with BACs of .05% and higher, including longer roadside licence suspensions and vehicle impoundments. Similar laws in British Columbia helped reduce alcohol-related crash deaths by 40% in the first year of implementation.

"We welcome the passage of this Bill into law and we look forward to its implementation," Ms. Dubyk said. "Strong sanctions at the .05% BAC level reduce impaired driving and they will do the same in Alberta."

MADD Canada is also pleased to hear the Government plans an extensive education plan around the new law.

"There is a lot of inaccurate information out there about this law, so it will be important to help people understand that these measures do not target social drinkers and that they will help to reduce impaired driving at all levels, from the .05% level up to the highest BAC levels," Ms. Dubyk said.

Contact Information

  • For interviews, contact:
    MADD Canada
    Denise Dubyk
    National President
    403-970-8733
    ddubyk@madd.ca

    MADD Canada
    Andrew Murie
    Chief Executive Officer
    1-800-665-6233, ext. 224
    amurie@madd.ca