MADD Canada

MADD Canada

April 01, 2011 09:15 ET

MADD Canada Applauds Legislation Aimed at Impaired Drivers With Child Passengers

OAKVILLE, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 1, 2011) - The introduction of tough new penalties for impaired drivers with child passengers is a welcome addition to Nova Scotia's impaired driving laws, says MADD Canada.

The Government of Nova Scotia introduced amendments to the Motor Vehicle Act today to create new penalties for those who drive impaired with children in the car. The proposed changes include: increasing the driver's licence suspension by 12 months; requiring first-time offenders to install alcohol ignition interlocks on their cars; and extending the length of time all offenders must keep alcohol ignition interlocks on their cars.

"The thought of driving impaired with children in the car is unfathomable to most people, but tragically, it does happen," said Margaret Miller, MADD Canada's Past National President. "With this legislation, the Government of Nova Scotia is taking important steps to protect children against impaired driving."

These measures, particularly the alcohol ignition interlock requirement for first-time offenders, will more effectively deal with drivers whose behaviour puts children in danger and serve as a deterrent to others.

"These are innovative and important new measures and we encourage other provinces to follow Nova Scotia's lead," Ms. Miller said.

Impaired driving continues to be the leading criminal cause of death in Canada. Every year, an estimated 1,350 – 1,600 Canadians are killed and another 68,500 are injured in impaired driving crashes. In Nova Scotia, impaired driving is the leading cause of road fatalities and injuries.

"We welcome these new laws and we recognize the Government of Nova Scotia for its commitment to reducing impaired driving crashes, deaths and injuries," Ms. Miller said.

The province has been a leader in impaired driving policies and programs, extending the penalties for driving with BACs of .05% or higher and introducing a province-wide Call 911 campaign to encourage the public to report suspected impaired drivers to police.

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.

Contact Information

  • MADD Canada
    Margaret Miller
    Past National President