Oakville, Ontario – New Brunswick’s Solicitor General and Minister of Public Safety has introduced a new graduated licensing program that would have zero tolerance for impairment for new drivers in their first five years of driving, a plan applauded by Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Canada.

The New Brunswick Legislature is currently considering Bill 74, an Act to Amend the Motor Vehicle Act, which will enhance the province’s graduated licensing program.

“We have zero BAC (blood alcohol content) until 21 as a cornerstone policy of our “Rating the Provinces” reports because statistics show this is the age group that typically has a higher level of alcohol consumption and are more prone to binge drinking,” said Margaret Miller, MADD National President. “It makes sense to keep the zero BAC restriction in place until drivers are beyond this period in their lives. New Brunswick’s new graduated license program will help establish good driving habits and practices that separate drinking from driving.”

The new legislation would require novice drivers to remain in Stage One for a minimum of eight months with the successful completion of an approved driving training course, and 12 months otherwise; new drivers will be required to maintain a zero BAC until they reach 21 years of age, in addition to the zero alcohol tolerance in Stage One and Two of the graduated licensing program; a fully licensed driver accompanying a novice driver to have a minimum of three years of driving experience; driving to be restricted between midnight and 5 a.m.; and passengers in a vehicle operated by a novice driver be limited to an experienced, fully licensed driver in Stage One, and to the driver and a maximum of three other passengers in Stage Two.

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