MADD Canada

MADD Canada

April 27, 2005 10:59 ET

MADD Canada's Request Of Candidates

MADD Canada urges B.C. candidates to make the fight against impaired driving a priority of next Government and Parliament Attention: News Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor MISSISSAUGA, ON--(CCNMatthews - April 27, 2005) - POLICY STATEMENT FOR B.C.'s 2005 PROVINCIAL ELECTION

Given the seriousness of impaired driving, and the fact that too many British Columbians are continuously being killed or injured as a result of people who drink and drive, MADD Canada is calling on all MLAs to make fighting impaired driving a priority of the next Government and the next Parliament.

We would like to see the next B.C. Government set impaired driving initiatives as a priority and actively pursue more effective impaired driving laws. MADD Canada supporters across B.C. want a commitment to act on further legislative initiatives, which include:

-- Strengthening the licence suspension program - Give police discretionary authority to suspend the licence of a driver suspected of impairment due to alcohol and/or drugs at a 0.05 % BAC for a period of 30-days. .
-- Broadening the interlock program as a mandatory part of a sentence on first offence - Follow Ontario's example in making ignition interlocks a mandatory part of the re-instatement of a licence for an impaired driving conviction. Research suggests that this single measure is the most effective in reducing recidivism, while the interlock is on the vehicle.
-- Introducing a vehicle forfeiture program. Follow Manitoba's example in ensuring any person upon the third Criminal Code conviction in ten years will have their vehicle forfeited.

The human lives lost, the tremendous health and social costs, and the innocent victims of these 100% preventable crimes, all point to the urgent need for impaired driving to be a focus of the Government's mandate. MADD B.C. Chapters ask that all MLAs consider and support these requests as action items for the B.C. Government within the next two years.

For further information:
Andrew Murie, Chief Executive Officer 1-800-665-6233, ext. 224
Louise Knox, Western Chapter Services Manager 1-866-900-6233

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Contact Information

  • Andrew Murie, Chief Executive Officer
    Primary Phone: 905-813-6233 ext. 224
    Toll-Free: 800-665-6233
    E-mail: amurie@madd.ca