October 4, 2007

Federal impaired driving legislation bill needs to be reintroduced and passed, says MADD Canada

Oakville, Ontario – Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Canada members across the country are contacting their Members of Parliament to have Bill C-32, the federal impaired driving legislation, reintroduced and passed in this fall session.

Bill C-32 was among the pieces of legislation lost when Parliament was adjourned last month. The bill was at Report Stage and waiting for its final hours of debate in the House of Commons. MADD Canada is calling for the bill to be reintroduced at Report Stage, so that the debate and work completed in the Justice Committee does not need to be repeated.

The bill introduces a legal framework for apprehending and charging drivers high on drugs, providing authority for police to properly lay charges at crash scenes where there has been a fatality. It also closes legal loopholes allowing impaired drivers to escape criminal convictions.

MADD says that current statistics show an average of about four Canadians killed daily and almost 190 seriously injured as a result of alcohol-related crashes. The statistics also indicate that drug-impaired driving incidents are on the rise, especially with younger drivers.

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