MADD Canada

MADD Canada

May 20, 2009 14:01 ET

MADD Canada applauds New Brunswick's zero BAC under 21 law

Attention: City Editor, News Editor OAKVILLE, ONTARIO, MEDIA RELEASE--(Marketwire - May 20, 2009) - New Brunswick's incoming law setting a zero BAC restriction for drivers under 21 will protect young drivers and have a significant impact in the fight against impaired driving, says MADD Canada.

As of June 1, all drivers in New Brunswick under the age of 21 must maintain a zero BAC when driving. The restriction applies to both drivers in the province's Graduated Driver's Licence (GDL) program and those who have completed the program. The amendment was introduced as part of Bill 74, which also includes several changes to strengthen the province's GDL program.

"A zero BAC accomplishes two things," says MADD Canada Volunteer National President Margaret Miller. "It helps to reduce the incidence of impaired driving by young drivers and it helps to foster good driving habits and practices among beginning drivers because it separates driving from drinking."

Statistics show that young drivers are significantly over-represented in alcohol crashes, have high levels of alcohol consumption and binge drinking and have high rates of driving after drinking or taking drugs or being a passenger of a driver who has been drinking or taking drugs.

"Considering the general drinking patterns of teens and young adults, combined with their relative inexperience with driving, it just makes sense to have a zero BAC restriction," says Mrs. Miller. "Developing good driving habits now, and particularly the separation of driving from drinking, will establish a solid foundation for safe driving that we hope will carry through into adulthood."

Zero BAC for all drivers under 21 is a cornerstone policy of MADD Canada's Rating the Provinces Report Card, an annual review of provincial and territorial legislation, amendments and other initiatives aimed at stopping impaired driving. Many provinces have graduated licencing programs with a zero BAC or low BAC requirement, but they are often lifted when the program is completed, regardless of the driver's age.

"We applaud the Public Safety Minister and Solicitor General John Foran and the Government of New Brunswick for implementing these critical improvements which will have a very real and positive impact on the safety of young drivers and improve overall safety on our roads," says Mrs. Miller.

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