November 29, 2019
Motorists Urged to Drive Safe and Sober
The holiday season is a time for celebrating with family, friends and colleagues. During this festive time of year, motorists are reminded that it is illegal to drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Motorists are encouraged to arrange for a safe and sober drive home if planning to consume alcohol or drugs. Never get into a vehicle with a driver who you believe may be impaired and, if you suspect someone to be driving impaired, contact the local authorities.
Under the Highway Traffic Act, drivers found to be impaired while driving will face driver license suspensions, fines, vehicle impoundment and possible imprisonment. Drivers under the age of 22 and novice drivers are not permitted to have any detectable presence of alcohol or drugs in their body. Also, when cannabis was legalized, a zero tolerance rule was added to the Act for the presence of drugs for novice drivers, drivers under age 22 and drivers of commercial vehicles and taxis.
Increased traffic on the roads also requires motorists to pay particular attention to other road users. Ditch the distractions and keep your eyes on the road. Obey the posted speed limit, yield to pedestrians and leave one metre of open space between your vehicle and a bicycle or pedestrian. Also, reduce speed and move over when approaching an emergency vehicle.
“No one expects their lives to change in an instant, but distracted and dangerous driving kills. Many accidents on our roads and highways are preventable. Motorists, obey the rules and drive safe and sober. Together we can end distracted, dangerous and impaired driving.”
Honourable Sherry Gambin-Walsh
Minister of Service NL
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Highway Traffic Act
2019 11 29 3:25 p.m.