MADD Canada

MADD Canada

February 28, 2008 16:15 ET

MADD Canada pleased with passage of new impaired driving legislation

“The new law will help save lives -- We’ve been fighting for this legislation for more than 7 years now, so today’s news is very good" -- says National President

Attention: News Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 28, 2008) - Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD Canada) is pleased to see the Government's Tackling Violent Crime Bill pass Parliament and about to become the law of the land.

Margaret Miller, National President of MADD Canada says, "The new law will help save lives. It gives police a new legal framework to charge drug impaired drivers. It provides new measures to ensure offenders aren't escaping justice."

"We've been fighting for this legislation for more than 7 years now, so today's news is very good," says Mrs. Miller.

The MADD Canada President explains that apart from the new drug impaired driving measures, the new laws relating to charging impaired drivers are significant. "The new law provides needed authority for police to properly lay charges at crash scenes where there has been a fatality. It also closes legal loopholes with respect to evidence to the contrary that are allowing impaired drivers to escape criminal convictions and walk."

"These measures are overdue and we're sure they'll make an impact," says Mrs. Miller.

MADD Canada called for these changes to the law with the release of its federal policy document, Taking Back the Roads, in 2000. Through the years the organization partnered with national police associations to repeatedly urge Justice Ministers to introduce new drug impaired driving laws. Individual members of Mothers Against Drunk Driving have persistently called on their MPs to introduce more effective federal impaired driving measures.

Impaired driving remains Canada's the number one criminal cause of death. An average of 4 Canadians are killed and another 190 are seriously injured every day as a result of impaired driving.

MADD Canada is a grassroots organization with over 110 local Chapters / Community Leaders across Canada and more than 750,000 Canadians who donate annually to the mission of stopping impaired driving and supporting the victims of this violent crime.
/For further information: Margaret Miller, National President @ (902) 758-5328
Andrew Murie, CEO @ 1-800-665-6233, ext. 224/ IN: JUSTICE, POLITICS

Contact Information

  • Margaret Miller, National President
    Primary Phone: 902-758-5328