MADD Canada

MADD Canada

March 30, 2007 14:49 ET

MADD Canada Praises Nova Scotia Government Measures for New Drivers

Zero BAC for five years for newly licenced drivers will reduce impaired driving crashes and save lives

Attention: News Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor WINDSOR, NOVA SCOTIA--(CCNMatthews - March 30, 2007) - Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Canada had a great deal of praise for the Nova Scotia Government today for moving forward and introducing a zero blood alcohol concentration (BAC) legal limit for all novice drivers for the first five years of their driving.

The organization's National President, Karen Dunham, was very positive on the proposed changes to the graduated licence program. "We have been working with government officials for some time on these changes, and Government Ministers told us that these graduated licencing measures would come. So, it is good to see this legislation that will effectively safeguard novice drivers and, hopefully, help to develop good driving habits with a younger generation."

"The zero BAC for five years will reduce impaired driving crashes and will save lives," adds Mrs. Dunham.

Susan MacAskill, Windsor resident and MADD Canada's Atlantic Manager, adds, "We are pleased to be working with our Parliamentarians on introducing more effective impaired driving legislation for Nova Scotians. The measures announced today will go a ways towards making our Province's roads safer from impaired driving for all motorists."

Nova Scotia Transport Minister Angus MacIsaac today proposed several changes to the province's graduated licensing program, including a zero BAC for all drivers with less than five years' experience.

Other measures introduced by the Government included the learner's stage of licencing was extended from six months to 12 months; new car signage will now be required for learner and novice drivers; and the Province is introducing an additional driver competency test within its graduated licence program.

Mrs. MacAskill points out that the announced changes are part of MADD Canada's model legislative reform package released to provinces and territories in Fall 2006. Rating the Provinces: The 2006 Report Card 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.

Nova Scotia was graded D+ in the MADD Canada study, ranking 11th out of 13 Canadian jurisdictions.

/For further information:
Susan MacAskill, MADD Canada's Atlantic Region Manager @ 1-866-798-6233/ IN: JUSTICE, POLITICS

Contact Information

  • Karen Dunham, National President
    Primary Phone: 506-650-7473