Oakville, Ontario – Ontario has taken the top honours for effective impaired driving laws, while Nunavut was the worst in ratings by Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD). Rating the Provinces and Territories is a comprehensive assessment of provincial and territorial progress towards reducing impaired driving.
Ontario ranked first, with a grade of A-, among all provinces and territories. It ranked second in 2006 when the last full Rating the Provinces and Territories Report was produced. The province’s impaired driving reforms include a comprehensive graduated driving licensing program, a three-day administrative licence suspension for drivers with blood alcohol concentrations over 0.5 per cent, a comprehensive vehicle impoundment program, and a mandatory alcohol interlock program for all federal impaired driving offences.
The standings were, in order, Ontario (1st/A-), Manitoba (2nd/A-), Prince Edward Island (3rd/B), Nova Scotia (4th/B), Saskatchewan (5th/B), Alberta (6th/B-), British Columbia (7th/C+), Newfoundland and Labrador (8th/C+), Quebec (9th/C-), Yukon (10th/C-), Northwest Territories (11th/D+), New Brunswick (12th/D+), and Nunavut (13th/F).
MADD rated Ontario, Manitoba, Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia highest for their impaired driving laws, while Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia made the biggest improvements in rank, each coming up seven places in the overall standings. British Columbia and Quebec each introduced modest changes to their impaired driving laws. New Brunswick scored well for its new .00 per cent BAC alcohol limit for drivers under 21 years of age, but scored poorly in other areas. The remaining jurisdictions have done little to strengthen their impaired driving laws since 2006.
“We have a set of best practices that will result in major improvements in road safety,” said MADD Canada CEO Andrew Murie. “Failing to implement these critical measures is not an option, particularly when we are faced with increasing rates of impaired driving. We have seen progress in certain areas, and some jurisdictions have shown a strong commitment to making legislative changes that will reduce impaired driving. We encourage the jurisdictions which have not made meaningful changes to follow the leadership example being set by the provinces at the head of the class.”