MADD Canada

MADD Canada

September 17, 2007 08:31 ET

‘Real Progress' seen with Country's Impaired Driving Laws

MADD Canada releases progress report on Provinces and Territories and how they are responding to the crime of impaired driving. Organization is encouraged with effective legislation being introduced

Attention: News Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor OAKVILLE, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 17, 2007) - Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD Canada) today released a progress report on the performance of Canada's Provinces and Territories in making roads safer from impaired driving. The 2007 Progress Report suggests that there is 'real progress' in combating the crime of impaired driving as a result of the effective legislation that is being introduced across the country.

"MADD Canada is very pleased with the progress that some jurisdictions have made since August, 2006," says Professor Robert Solomon, Director of Legal Policy for MADD Canada and co-author of the report. "Manitoba, Nova Scotia, Ontario, and Prince Edward Island have led the way in introducing important legislative reforms, while New Brunswick has also made considerable progress."

Professor Solomon adds, "It is particularly gratifying to see the major strides made by Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and New Brunswick, jurisdictions which had not fared well in The 2006 Report Card."

The 2007 Progress Report is part of MADD Canada's ongoing dialogue with the provincial and territorial governments on the critical role that they can play in reducing impaired driving. The document outlines the legislative progress that the provinces and territories have made in the last 12 months as benchmarked in the organization's Rating the Provinces and Territories: The 2006 Report Card. [Read the full report here.]

The report rates Manitoba, Ontario, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island as 'Setting a Good Example'. It rates New Brunswick as 'Promising.' It also rates 8 jurisdictions as 'Needs Improvement': British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Quebec, Newfoundland and Labrador, Yukon, Northwest Territories, and Nunavut.

MADD Canada's CEO, Andrew Murie, has been meeting with provincial and territorial officials across Canada over the past twelve months and he comments, "While there has been considerable progress made on the legislative front in terms of traffic safety, the issue of alcohol and drug impaired driving has not remained static. For example, the rates of youth binge drinking, driving after drug use, and riding with a driver who has consumed drugs have increased. We need to continue to look at curbing these trends if we want to make a substantial reduction to impaired driving fatalities and injuries."

Mr. Murie says, "The true value of our Rating the Provinces work is that it provides the blueprint for our governments to adopt better impaired driving laws. There are good examples of impaired driving laws and practices in our country, and the provinces and territories need only look at each other's legislation to find effective measures to reduce the incidence of impaired driving tragedies."

MADD Canada is working closely with governments and we can see that real progress is being made," says Mr. Murie.

Professor Solomon observes that the Rating the Provinces initiative has changed over the past 10 years, since research work began in 1998. "The pace of legislative reform appears to have increased in the last several years. MADD Canada's Rating the Provinces initiative has evolved from being an external, independent study to one involving greater collaboration with the provincial and territorial government officials across the country."

He adds, "In large measure, credit for this spirit of cooperation is due MADD Canada's follow-up meetings and the countless exchanges with CEO Andrew Murie."

The public can view The 2007 Progress Report and other materials relating to the Rating the Provinces report from a link off the top page of the MADD Canada website - www.madd.ca

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Robert Solomon, MADD Canada's Director of Legal Policy (and co-author of report) @ (519) 661-3603/ IN: JUSTICE, POLITICS, TRANSPORT

Contact Information

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