New Brunswick – Tougher Drinking and Driving Laws – June 24, 2011


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New Brunswick recently introduced a tough law on distracted driving (ie-use of your cellphone while driving will attract a penalty of a $172.00 fine and three (3) demerit points) starting on June 6, 2011 and now the Province has introduced tougher drinking and driving laws starting tomorrow on June 24, 2011.

Tougher penalties are coming for those who drink and drive in New Brunswick!

In its ongoing efforts to promote highway safety and to remind people that drinking and driving don’t add up, the Province of New Brunswick has implemented important changes to the Motor Vehicle Act.

As of June 24, 2011:

* Drivers found to have a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) between 0.05% and 0.08% will immediately have their licence suspended for seven days.
* Any driver with a blood alcohol level of more than 0.08%, or one who refuses to provide a breath sample, will immediately have their licence suspended for 90 days. Drivers will also be required to surrender their driver’s licence.

Statistics indicate that public concern over road safety (and particularly drinking and driving) ranks as high as health care and pollution.

Throughout Canada, 2,696 people were killed and 317,892 were injured in 2008 as a result of road crashes. Alcohol was a factor in 39 per cent of these deaths and almost 20 per cent of these injuries.

In New Brunswick, 37 people died in alcohol-related crashes in 2008. About 85 per cent of those who died were male. Another 317 New Brunswick drivers were involved in serious injury crashes in 2008, 25 per cent of which were alcohol-related.

Every year, more than 1,000 New Brunswickers are convicted of impaired driving.

If you drink, don’t drive. It’s not worth the risk.

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