MADD Canada

October 31, 2016 17:20 ET

MADD Canada Welcomes Announcement of New Impaired Driving Legislation for Saskatchewan

REGINA, SK--(Marketwired - October 31, 2016) - MADD Canada welcomes the stronger sanctions and penalties for impaired driving announced by the Government of Saskatchewan today.

The Honourable Joe Hargrave, Minister responsible for Saskatchewan Government Insurance, outlined proposed legislation to significantly enhance the province's impaired driving laws, including a vehicle impoundment for a first infraction of the warn range limit (.04% BAC and higher); a zero BAC and zero illicit drugs requirement for drivers 21 years of age and under; and longer mandatory ignition interlocks for high BAC drivers (.16% BAC and over) and those drivers who refuse to provide a breath sample. Today's announcement also included plans to enhance enforcement through increased checkstops and to raise awareness about the dangers and consequences of impaired driving through dedicated campaigns.

"MADD Canada commends the Government for taking strong action," said MADD Canada Chief Executive Officer Andrew Murie. "These changes send a powerful message that those who continue to drive impaired will face stiff consequences. These measures, particularly the vehicle impoundment and the BAC and drug restrictions for young drivers, will help reduce impaired driving and will save lives."

MADD Canada met with Minister Hargrave, and The Honourable Gordon Wyant, Q.C., Minister of Justice and Attorney General in October to present legislative and policy recommendations to reduce impaired driving. The vehicle impoundment for a first infraction at the warn range and the zero BAC requirement for young drivers were among the key recommendations made.

"We appreciate the Ministers' leadership and quick action on this matter, and we applaud the Government for moving forward quickly with these measures to improve road safety and reduce impaired driving," Mr. Murie said. "We hope to see unanimous support from elected officials for these proposed changes, so they can be implemented quickly."

MADD Canada was also pleased to hear that the Government is not stopping with these measures, and it intends to further explore legislative and other options for reducing impaired driving.

Contact Information

  • Contacts:
    Tracy Crawford
    MADD Canada Chapter Services Manager (Western Region)

    Deb Kelly
    MADD Canada Communications Manager
    1-800-665-6233, ext. 240