September 18, 2007

MADD Canada encouraged with effective legislation being introduced on impaired driving laws

Oakville, Ontario – Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Canada has released a report on the performance of Canada’s provinces and territories, which suggests there is “real progress” being made in combating the crime of impaired driving, as a result of effective legislation 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. 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 they can play in reducing impaired driving. The report rates Manitoba, Ontario, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island as “setting a good example”; New Brunswick as “promising”; and British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Quebec, Newfoundland and Labrador, Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut as “needs improvement”.

“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,” said Andrew Murie, MADD Canada CEO. “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.”

The 2007 Progress Report can be reached through MADD Canada’s Web site.

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