MADD Canada

MADD Canada

May 20, 2009 08:30 ET

MADD Canada lauds PEI's tougher impaired driving penalties

Attention: City Editor, News Editor OAKVILLE, ONTARIO, MEDIA RELEASE--(Marketwire - May 20, 2009) - Stronger impaired driving penalties passed in the Prince Edward Island Legislature on May 15th are a significant step forward in the fight against impaired driving, says MADD Canada.

Under the changes, drivers caught with BACs of 0.05% or more will face licence suspensions of one week, up from the previous 24 hours. Other new penalties will require drivers with repeat impaired driving convictions to install an ignition interlock system in their vehicles and participate in an alcohol addiction program.

"The new penalties reflect PEI's commitment to making our roads safer from the senseless tragedy of impaired driving," says Margaret Miller, MADD Canada's Volunteer National President. "We congratulate Transportation Minister Ron MacKinley, the Government of Prince Edward Island and all the elected officials who helped pass these amendments into law."

Ongoing efforts to stop impaired driving have seen positive results, yet there is still much work to be done, says Mrs. Miller. Every day, on average, 4 people are killed and 207 people are injured as a result of impaired driving.

MADD Canada has long supported the strengthening of roadside licence suspensions for BACs of 0.05% and above and is pleased to see progress in some provinces and territories. "We hope other jurisdictions will follow this example," says Mrs. Miller. "It is crucial that our governments and our society send a strong message that impaired driving will not be tolerated."

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