MADD Canada

MADD Canada

November 23, 2012 10:00 ET

MADD Canada Welcomes Proposed Amendments to PEI's Impaired Driving Laws

OAKVILLE, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 23, 2012) - MADD Canada is applauding the Government of Prince Edward Island for proposed amendments to its impaired driving laws, including important changes to the province's alcohol ignition interlock program.

Under the proposed amendments, first-time impaired driving offenders will be required to install an alcohol ignition interlock on their vehicle. Previously, the program was mandatory only for repeat offenders. The Government is also proposing minimum time frames for interlock participation: one year for a first offence, two years for a second offence and five years for a third offence, and an additional year for any offender who had a child in the vehicle at the time of the offence.

"The mandatory interlocks for all convicted offenders is something that MADD Canada has recommended for quite some time," said MADD Canada National President Denise Dubyk. "Interlocks are effective tools that help change people's drinking and driving behaviours, and help prevent them from becoming repeat offenders. This is a significant improvement to the existing program and one which we believe will help reduce impaired driving in Prince Edward Island."

In addition to the changes to the interlock program, the amendments include new measures to impound vehicles of those convicted of Criminal Code offences of impaired driving causing death or bodily harm, and for those with repeat Criminal Code impaired driving offences.

"These proposed amendments - particularly the interlock provisions - are very important tools that will decrease impaired driving numbers," said Ms. Dubyk. "We congratulate Transportation Minister Vessey and the Government of Prince Edward Island for its continued leadership in the effort to combat impaired driving."

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. For more information, visit www.madd.ca.

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