January 11, 2007

MADD praises proposed Nova Scotia impaired driving legislation

Oakville, Ontario – Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Canada has praised Nova Scotia legislators for their efforts in proposing new impaired driving measures to ensure road safety in the province. Representatives from MADD Canada’s Nova Scotia chapters joined with MLA Kevin Deveaux to call on the government to quickly pass a package of impaired driving laws announced by the NDP.

The proposed laws include an enhanced graduated license program with a zero-BAC (blood alcohol count) limit for the first five years of driving, as well as a zero-BAC limit for all supervising drivers; and an increase from the current 24-hour to a 7-day administrative license suspension for drivers who register 0.05 per cent BAC or over on a breathalyser test.

“We would like to see these measures become law in this Session of Parliament,” says Susan MacAskill, former National President of MADD Canada. “The initiatives come directly from MADD Canada’s recommendations to this government and they are excellent measures that are proven effective. We know this package will save lives and reduce the incidents of impaired driving in Nova Scotia.”

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