MADD Canada

MADD Canada

May 17, 2006 10:05 ET

Provinces urged to act on young drivers and drunk driving fatalities

New MADD Canada Young Driver Report Offers Comprehensive Approach as Solution -- Ontario and other jurisdictions told to become pro-active on serious problem Attention: News Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor, Transportation Editor TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - May 17, 2006) - 'Opportunities for Progress' is a new young driving report researched by Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD Canada) that offers hope for reducing the number of young drivers from becoming impaired driving fatality statistics.

MADD Canada was in Toronto today to urge provincial governments to take available measures to make our country's roads safer for young drivers, an age group which is over-represented in the impaired driving crash and fatality statistics.

'Opportunities for Progress' provides the best recommended legislative reform measures that provincial and territorial governments can implement to reduce traffic crashes among Canadian youth. The document identifies priorities for immediate action by provinces and territories. MADD Canada's recommended centerpiece is a comprehensive three-stage graduated licensing program that includes a zero BAC restriction for all drivers until the age of 21.

Karen Dunham, MADD Canada's National President suggests it is time for governments to reduce the numbers of young drivers being killed by impaired driving. "We know that young people's patterns of alcohol and illicit drug consumption mixed with their driving inexperience, is the reason why they have the highest rates of impairment-related crash deaths as drivers, passengers, pedestrians, bicyclists, and snowmobile and ATV operators. So, MADD Canada is saying to provincial governments: act on the available facts, enforce existing laws, and enact new legislation - for the safety of this generation of young drivers."

"Traffic fatalities remain the number one cause of death among young people," and Mrs. Dunham adds, "Given that we know of effective measures to curb incidents involving youth and impaired driving, governments have a moral imperative to address this problem."

Some other notable recommendations in the report include: police be given the ability to stop vehicles at random and demand documentation from both young drivers and any supervising driver; implement targeted RIDE or spot-check programs for areas that routinely generate large numbers of young impaired drivers; police be given the ability to demand physical coordination testing of any driver they reasonably suspect has drugs in his or her body; and, more rigorous enforcement of existing liquor laws in licensed establishments.

MADD Canada's 'Opportunities for Progress' was co-authored by Professors E. Chamberlain and R. Solomon of the Faculty of Law at the University of Western Ontario and can be found on-line at www.madd.ca.

For further information, call MADD Canada spokespersons:
Karen Dunham, National President (506) 650-7473
Robert Solomon, Legal Director (co-author of report) (519) 661-3603
Andrew Murie, Chief Executive Officer 1-800-665-6233, ext. 224 /For further information: www.madd.ca
Robert Solomon, Legal Director and Co-author, 519-661-3603/ IN: JUSTICE, POLITICS, TRANSPORT

Contact Information

  • Karen Dunham / Andrew Murie, National President / Chief Executive Officer
    Primary Phone: 800-665-6233 ext. 224
    Secondary Phone: 506-650-7473
    E-mail: amurie@madd.ca