MADD Canada

MADD Canada

May 20, 2009 16:01 ET

New Brunswick MADD Canada groups welcome new young driver law

Attention: City Editor, News Editor SAINT JOHN, NEW BRUNSWICK, MEDIA RELEASE--(Marketwire - May 20, 2009) - MADD Canada Chapters and Community Leaders in New Brunswick are hailing the province's new zero BAC restriction for drivers under 21 as a crucial step towards stopping impaired driving.

"A zero BAC restriction for drivers under 21 will go a long way to reducing alcohol-related deaths and injuries among young drivers" says Karen Dunham, member of MADD Saint John Chapter and a former Volunteer National President of MADD Canada's National Board of Directors. "We are very pleased to see the province of New Brunswick making this commitment to improve the safety of young drivers."

New Brunswick recently passed amendments to its Motor Vehicle Act which will require drivers under 21 to maintain a zero BAC when driving. The amendments, which come into effect on June 1, also include changes to strengthen the Graduated Driver's Licence Program.

"MADD Canada has been recommending that all provinces and territories have a zero BAC requirement for drivers under 21 for a number of years because we truly believe it will reduce impaired driving deaths and injuries among young drivers and promote safe and responsible driving habits," Mrs. Dunham said.

Young people have the highest rates of traffic death and injury both per capita and per kilometre driven and are dramatically overrepresented in all categories of crash deaths. MADD Canada conservatively estimates that over 45% of youth crash deaths are alcohol-related.

"Too many young people are being killed and injured in impaired driving crashes," says Mrs. Dunham. "These new laws will give young drivers in New Brunswick the opportunity to gain driving experience without unnecessary risks."
/For further information: Visit or call Karen Dunham at 506-672-6188 or 506-645-9196.

Contact Information

  • Karen Dunham, Past Volunteer National President, MADD Canada
    Primary Phone: 506-672-6188
    Secondary Phone: 506-645-9196