Prince Edward Island (P.E.I) may be tiny, but the province has had a big impaired driving problem for years. After Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) published their yearly report card in 2012 and called P.E.I out for having one of the most horrible impaired driving records in the country, the province has made huge strides in improving their effort in the fight against drunk driving.
Some of the improvements include changes to P.E.I’s impaired driving laws while others focus on their ignition interlock policies. The changes include:
- An all offender ignition interlock law that makes ignition interlock devices mandatory for first time offenders. P.E.I joins in with provinces like British Columbia and Ontario in requiring first offenders to install an ignition interlock
- If you’re convicted with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) over 0.16, you’ll be required to install an ignition interlock device for 5 years
- A new program using ad campaigns and billboards that encourages people to contact 911 if they spot a drunk driver
- If you’re stopped for impaired driving, your vehicle will be impounded for a longer period of time than in the past
- There will be new suspensions for drug impaired drivers
One other big change for P.E.I involves the use of coded license plates for repeat offenders. The basic idea is that a repeat offender will be required to have a special license plate on their vehicle, and that license plate will automatically identify them to police should they stop them or be driving behind them.
The new MADD report comes out this month on June 22, 2015. With these improvements, will P.E.I join in with provinces likes British Columbia, Ontario, and Saskatchewan and be seen as truly cracking down on drunk driving? Only time will tell, but any improvement over the dismal report card P.E.I received in 2012 will be a change for the better.
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