MADD Canada

MADD Canada

November 14, 2008 08:22 ET

MADD Canada issues three-prong legislative agenda for Quebec

Quebec Roads would be Safer with Better Impaired Driving Laws: MADD Canada

Attention: News Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Nov. 14, 2008) - Quebec MNAs can improve road safety by introducing proven impaired driving laws that would effectively reduce the incidents of impaired driving. Today, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD Canada) is issuing a three-prong legislative agenda to focus the next Quebec Assembly on safe and sober driving and a reduction of deaths and injuries on the Province's roads.

MADD Canada cites three specific initiatives that, if introduced, would curb impaired driving deaths and injuries.
1. Set a 7-day administrative roadside licence suspension for drivers with greater than .05% BAC;
2. Set a 0.00% BAC for drivers age 21 and under, as part of the graduated licence program (or, alternatively as Manitoba has introduced, for all new drivers for a period of five years); and,
3. Establish a mandatory alcohol ignition interlock program for all convicted impaired drivers.

"We can do better in making our roads and streets safe from impaired drivers," says Marie Claude Morin, MADD Canada's Quebec Manager. "The objective needs to be to immediately remove an impaired driver from harm's way and to better guard against those most likely to drink and drive. We can do this by suspending impaired drivers' licences at .05%; by ensuring young drivers form good habits relating to sober driving; and, by reducing the risk of a person re-offending with a mandatory alcohol ignition interlock program."

"Combined, this policy agenda will significantly reduce the incidents of impaired driving and the needless deaths and human carnage on our roads." Ms. Morin adds, "The tragic impaired driving headlines we have seen in this last year in Montreal, Gatineau and Quebec City should not be tolerated. Our politicians should do what they can to make our roadways safer."

MADD Canada has produced detailed research documents through its Rating the Provinces initiative. The organization routinely reviews and compares the advances of provinces' respective impaired driving laws.

In the most recent annual review, Rating the Provinces: The 2008 Progress Report, MADD Canada published a best practice status report that indicated Quebec lagged behind other provinces with respect to its graduated licence program and administrative licence suspensions.

/For further information: www.madd.ca/english/research/rtp.html or call:
Marie Claude Morin, Quebec Manager @ 1-877-392-6233
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Contact Information

  • Marie Claude Morin, Quebec Manager
    Primary Phone: 877-392-6233
    E-mail: mcmorin@madd.ca