October 23, 2006

Manitoba leads provinces in effective impaired driving laws, MADD says

Oakville, Ontario – With a grade of “A-“, Manitoba leads the provinces in effective impaired driving laws in Canada, says Mothers Against Drunk Driving Canada (MADD). Manitoba “handily outperformed” Ontario, Newfoundland and Labrador, Alberta and Saskatchewan in MADD Canada’s Rating the Provinces and Territories (RTP): The 2006 Report Card.

RTP 2006 is published as a reference guide to encourage new and better impaired driving legislation, says MADD Canada CEO Andrew Murie. “MADD Canada has identified best practices in our country, as well as new legislative measures that need to be introduced into Canadian jurisdictions. We have graded and ranked each province and territory so that each jurisdiction gets a sense of how they are doing in comparison to the others.”

Murie says that MADD Canada is generally pleased with the progress made since the organization’s last report card in 2003. “Almost all of the jurisdictions have introduced some measures to strengthen their impaired driving legislation since The 2003 Report Card. Some governments have made major strides towards safer roads. Others have done relatively little and are ignoring the serious realities of the current impaired driving trends.”

As it did in 2003, Manitoba leads the way; it also gains special attention for its introduction of new legislative reforms including a five-year, zero-BAC for new drivers. Newfoundland and Labrador, the Northwest Territories and Alberta were recognized as having made significant progress towards enacting effective impaired driving measures in their respective jurisdictions.

The report says that Nova Scotia and Quebec have fallen sharply in the 2006 rankings, and New Brunswick, Nunavut and Prince Edward Island “have made little progress from their relatively poor showings in 2003.”

For a complete listing or podcast of the report card, visit MADD Canada’s website.

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