MADD Canada

MADD Canada

October 19, 2006 11:05 ET

MADD Canada: Manitoba is head of the class

Manitoba ranks first overall in MADD Canada’s Rating the Provinces and Territories: The 2006 Report Card

Attention: News Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor WINNIPEG, MANITOBA--(CCNMatthews - Oct. 19, 2006) - Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Canada released its comprehensive study on provincial and territorial impaired driving laws today and the Province of Manitoba ranked first overall with a grade of A-.

"The Manitoba Government has demonstrated a strong commitment to fighting impaired driving and, certainly, deserves its number one ranking," says Karen Dunham, MADD Canada's National President, who traveled to the Province's Legislature to personally deliver the good news to Attorney General Dave Chomiak.

"This Province is setting the pace for introducing new, effective impaired driving legislation in Canada. We can only hope that others will take a page from your playbook and show the political will necessary to fight drinking and driving and to make our roads safer," says Mrs. Dunham.

MADD Canada lauded the Province for its introduction of new legislative reforms including a five-year, zero-BAC for new drivers. Kudos were also given for the Province's graduated licensing enforcement, police enforcement powers, short-term administrative licence suspension, and vehicle forfeiture program. It also scored relatively well for its standard field sobriety testing and its remedial programs.

In the document Rating the Provinces and Territories: The 2006 Report Card, MADD Canada presents five core elements as being essential in provincial and territorial efforts to reduce impaired driving:

-- a comprehensive graduated licensing program for all new drivers, including express police powers to enforce it;
-- a .00% BAC limit for all drivers under 21 or with less than five years driving experience;
-- express police powers to stop vehicles, establish sobriety checkpoints, and demand field sobriety testing from suspected alcohol and/or drug impaired drivers;
-- strengthening the existing short-term roadside licence suspension programs for drivers with BACs of .05% or higher, to include a 7-14 day licence suspension, a $150-$300 licence reinstatement fee, the recording of the suspension on the driver's record, and mandatory remedial measures for repeat violations; and
-- mandatory alcohol interlock, vehicle impoundment and forfeiture, and remedial programs.

Full details of RTP 2006, including a podcast interview with study co-author Professor Robert Solomon can be found on www.madd.ca.

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Contact Information

  • Karen Dunham
    Primary Phone: 506-650-7473