Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island – New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island have passed new legislation pertaining to drinking and driving, according to a report by Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Canada.

As of June 1, 2009, all new drivers in New Brunswick under the age of 21 must maintain a zero blood alcohol concentration (BAC) when driving. The restriction applies to both drivers in the province’s Graduated Driver’s License (GDL) program, and to those who have completed the program. The amendment is part of Bill 74, which also includes several changes to strengthen the province’s GDL program.

Under new, stronger impaired driving penalties passed in the P.E.I. Legislature on May 15, drivers caught with BACs of 0.05 per cent or more will face license suspensions of one week, up from the previous 24 hours. Other new penalties will require drivers with repeat impaired driving convictions to install an ignition interlock system in their vehicles, and participate in an alcohol addiction program.


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