MADD Canada

October 21, 2015 08:55 ET

MADD Canada Supports NB Government's Attempt to Revoke "DUI DR" Licence Plate

OAKVILLE, ON--(Marketwired - October 21, 2015) - MADD Canada commends the Government of New Brunswick and Registrar of Motor Vehicles for its ongoing efforts to revoke a personalized licence plate which is offensive to victims of impaired driving.

The Registrar of Motor Vehicles seized the plate, which reads "DUI DR" from a Moncton lawyer after receiving complaints. MADD Canada was among the complainants, having voiced its concern after being informed about the plates by a family whose son was killed in an impaired driving crash.

"The licence plate is offensive," said MADD Canada Chief Executive Officer Andrew Murie. "It trivializes the crime of impaired driving and shows a considerable lack of respect and empathy for victims who have suffered losses and injuries as a result of this crime."

The seizure of the plate was overturned by a judge who ordered it returned to the owner. A hearing is scheduled for next week in the New Brunswick Court of Appeal, with the province seeking once again to revoke the plate.

MADD Canada supports the Government and the Registrar of Motor Vehicles, and is thankful for its consideration and compassion toward the victims of impaired driving.

"There may be some who say it's just a licence plate," Mr. Murie acknowledged. "But that downplays the problem of impaired driving. We are talking about a crime that kills and injures thousands of Canadians each year. Would someone be allowed to hype other violent crimes on a personalized licence plate?"

Contact Information

  • For more information, contact:
    Andrew Murie
    Chief Executive Officer
    MADD Canada