MADD Canada

MADD Canada

October 26, 2010 06:31 ET

Nova Scotia's impaired driving sanctions will improve road safety

Attention: News Editor, Transportation Editor OAKVILLE/ONTARIO/MEDIA RELEASE--(Marketwire - Oct. 26, 2010) - Nova Scotia's increased licence suspensions for drivers with BACs of .05% to .08% will improve road safety and reduce impaired driving, according to MADD Canada.

Starting today, drivers caught with BACs in that range will face 7-day licence suspensions, up from the previous 24 hours. Second and third offenses carry suspensions of 15 days and 30 days, respectively. A licence reinstatement fee will also be applied.

"These increased sanctions are a major step forward in the fight to take impaired drivers off our roads," said MADD Canada Past National President Margaret Miller. "We applaud the Government of Nova Scotia and Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Minister Bill Estabrooks for the leadership and commitment they have shown to reducing impaired driving crashes, deaths and injuries."

Nova Scotia becomes just the third jurisdiction in the country, after Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador, to implement a 7-day suspension for a first occurrence of BACs in the warn range of .05% to .08%. Most provinces and territories have licence suspension programs for BACs in that range but the suspensions are only 24 hours in duration.

"Suspensions must be long enough in duration to be meaningful and effectively alter a drinking driver's behaviour," Mrs. Miller said. "The possibility of losing one's licence for 7 days is a serious and effective deterrent."

Impaired driving continues to be the leading criminal cause of death in Canada, claiming 1,239 lives in 2007. A further 73,000 people were injured in impaired driving crashes.

Studies and research has shown that even small amounts of alcohol adversely affect driving skills and performance. A 7 - 14 day roadside suspension for 0.05% BAC or higher is a key policy in MADD Canada's Rating the Province Report Card.

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 further information: Margaret Miller, MADD Canada Past National President at (902) 758-5328/ IN: JUSTICE, SOCIAL, TRANSPORT

Contact Information

  • Margaret Miller, Past National President, MADD Canada
    Primary Phone: 902-758-5328