OAKVILLE, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 13, 2012) - A new alcohol interlock sanction coming into effect in Manitoba strengthens the province's impaired driving laws and reinforces the message that getting behind the wheel impaired carries serious consequences, says MADD Canada.
The Government announced today that the new sanction, requiring first-time impaired driving offenders to place alcohol ignition interlocks on their vehicles if they want to drive in the year following licence suspension, comes into effect on December 15. Previously, the interlock provision only applied to repeat offenders, those convicted of impaired driving causing bodily harm or death, and those convicted of impaired driving while having a child passenger in the vehicle.
"MADD Canada welcomes this announcement by the Government of Manitoba and commends them for their leadership and efforts to make the province's roads safer," said MADD Canada Chief Executive Officer Andrew Murie. "Interlocks help people change their behaviour and thus prevent them from becoming repeat offenders. That is why it's such an important tool to use with first-time offenders."
The alcohol ignition interlock requires a driver to provide a breath sample before the vehicle will start. If the device detects alcohol over a pre-set limit, it prevents the car from starting.
In addition to the changes to the interlock program, the amendments include stronger sanctions for drivers who violate their ignition interlock orders.
"Some people ignore the interlock requirement and drive other vehicles. There needs to be strong penalties in place to dissuade people from taking that risk," Mr. Murie said.
About MADD Canada
MADD Canada (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) is a national, charitable organization that is committed to stopping impaired driving and supporting the victims of this violent crime. With volunteer-driven groups in more than 100 communities across Canada, MADD Canada aims to offer support services to victims, heighten awareness of the dangers of impaired driving and save lives and prevent injuries on our roads.