Earlier this year Prince Edward Island (PEI) made some amendments to their Highway Traffic Act. Those amendments put the focus on impaired driving in PEI and gave them the tools to stop these drunk drivers.
Now the Queens District RCMP has come out with a strategic policing priority for the coming year, and ensuring road safety for all drivers is one of the first tasks they’ve decided to take on. They’re planning on targeting all dangerous drivers including impaired drivers, distracted drivers, and speeders.
It’s a big goal, but the RCMP is starting with a solid plan. They’ll focus on special traffic enforcement, educational PSAs and other initiatives, and they’ll conduct checkpoints that specifically target impaired drivers.
While it’s not easy to go out in search of impaired drivers, at least police know that penalties for impaired driving in PEI are much harsher this year than last.
Vehicle impounding for drunk drivers
If you drink and drive in PEI, you could have your vehicle taken away from you. There are now vehicle impoundments for impaired drivers in PEI who get a roadside driving suspension or impaired driving conviction.
Longer ignition interlock terms
Depending on what your blood alcohol level is at the time of arrest, your mandatory ignition interlock term will be even longer than before. If you have a second impaired driving offense, you’ll have to use an interlock for three to five years.
Short-term roadside suspension will show up on your driver’s record
Even if you only receive a three-day suspension for impaired driving in PEI, you’ll see that suspension on your permanent driver’s abstract.
Zero tolerance for older drivers
If you’re a newly graduated licensed driver, you’ll have to be over the age of 22 to avoid zero tolerance.
Judging from the penalty system and focus on drunk drivers, police in PEI aren’t interested in taking any chances by letting an impaired driver slip through. Let’s hope PEI sees positive effects from these new regulations sooner than later.