September 21, 2017
New Impaired Driving Legislation Comes Into Force
Amendments to the Highway Traffic Act and Regulations designed to deter impaired driving and help drivers develop safe and sober driving habits come into force today.
As of September 21, 2017:
- A driver whose licence is suspended after an impaired driving conviction will be required to enter a mandatory ignition interlock program as a condition of reinstatement;
- Drivers less than 22 years of age will be required to maintain zero blood alcohol content while driving;
- Any driver found to have a blood alcohol content of 0.08 or greater will have their vehicle impounded for a minimum of 30 days;
- Drivers who are 22 years of age or older who are found to have a blood alcohol content of 0.05 or greater but less than 0.08, will have their vehicle impounded for seven days; and
- Novice drivers and drivers under 22 years of age will have their vehicle impounded for seven days if they are found to have a blood alcohol content greater than zero but less than 0.08.
Bill 68, An Act to Amend the Highway Traffic Act, No. 5, received unanimous approval when it was debated in the House of Assembly in March 2017.
The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador worked in close consultation with Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Canada, and with the support of the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police to develop this legislation.
“Today, we take one more step in our efforts to change the conversation around impaired driving in our province. This new legislation builds upon our commitment to making our roads, highways and communities safer for everyone. Our objective is to encourage everyone to develop safe and sober driving habits.”
Honourable Sherry Gambin-Walsh
Minister of Service NL
"The changes being implemented, particularly the vehicle impoundment provision and the zero blood alcohol content requirement for young drivers, will have a significant impact on reducing impaired driving, saving lives and preventing injuries. MADD Canada welcomes these new laws and thanks the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador for its leadership and commitment to making the province’s roads safer.”
MADD Canada National President
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To read the regulations, visit: www.servicenl.gov.nl.ca/printer/gazette/weekly_issues/2017/NLG170825.pdf
Highway Traffic Act Changes Aim to Reduce Impaired Driving: www.releases.gov.nl.ca/releases/2017/servicenl/0302n02.aspx
Bill 68, An Act to Amend the Highway Traffic Act: www.assembly.nl.ca/business/bills/bill1668.htm
MADD Canada: www.madd.ca
National President, MADD Canada
2017 09 21 3:10 p.m.