MADD Canada

MADD Canada

May 08, 2009 15:30 ET

Proposed sanctions will make PEI roads safer, says MADD Canada

Attention: City Editor, News Editor OAKVILLE, ONTARIO, MEDIA RELEASE--(Marketwire - May 8, 2009) - Proposed amendments to Prince Edward Island's Highway Traffic Act, including longer licence suspensions for BACs of 0.05% or more, are a positive step toward reducing impaired driving and will make the province's roads safer, says MADD Canada.

"Every time we stop an impaired driver, we are potentially saving a life or preventing an injury," says Margaret Miller, MADD Canada's Volunteer National President. "Longer suspensions and other measures being put forth by the government of Prince Edward Island will take impaired drivers off our roads and serve as a reminder to everyone that it is never okay to drive while impaired."

Under the proposed changes, drivers with BACs of 0.05% or more will have their licences suspended for one week, up from the current 24 hours. Additionally, drivers with repeat impaired driving convictions will be required to participate in an alcohol addiction program and have an alcohol ignition interlock system installed in their vehicles.

"MADD Canada commends Transportation Minister Ron MacKinley and the Government of Prince Edward Island for tabling these changes and we are hopeful they will be passed into law as quickly as possible," says Mrs. Miller. "The sooner they are implemented, the sooner we can hope to see reduced incidences of impaired driving crashes, fatalities and injuries."

With thousands of Canadians still being killed and injured in impaired driving crashes each year, MADD Canada urges all provincial and territorial governments to take strong action to stop this senseless and completely preventable crime. MADD Canada conducts an annual review of provincial and territorial legislation, amendments and other initiatives aimed at stopping impaired driving in its annual Rating the Provinces Report Card. The 2009 Rating the Provinces Report Card will be published later this year.

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: Visit www.madd.ca or call Margaret Miller, MADD Canada Volunteer National President at 902-758-5328. / IN: JUSTICE, SOCIAL

Contact Information

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