It’s finally happened: another province has joined in with British Columbia, Alberta, and Ontario to crack down on their drunk drivers: impaired driving laws in New Brunswick have been updated, and with the number of drunk drivers on the roads, there’s never been a better time to get serious about stopping these drunk drivers.
Several brand-new amendments to New Brunswick’s Motor Vehicle Act were just announced. They include the following.
24-hour roadside suspensions
If a police officer in New Brunswick makes the decision that a driver is unfit, he or she may issue a 24-hour driver’s license suspension.
License reinstatement fee
Impaired driving laws in New Brunswick have changed to require anyone who loses their driver’s license due to a drunk driving charge to $230 to reinstate it if they are convicted. That’s a big enough fine to make a dent in any bank account.
Mandatory ignition interlock
Just like in British Columbia, Alberta, and Ontario, if you’re convicted of impaired driving in New Brunswick you’ll be facing a mandatory ignition interlock in any vehicle you drive.
Changing the lookback period
The lookback period is the period of time when a previous drunk driving charge will count toward a new drunk driving charge. Right now the lookback in New Brunswick is seven years, but if the amendments go through it will change to 10 years.
With these changes New Brunswick will finally be in line with other provinces, but they’ll be leaps and bounds ahead of fellow East coast provinces. Mandatory ignition interlock programs have been slated to come to the East coast within a year, and Nova Scotia doesn’t even have a suspension program to immediately take drunk drivers off the roads.
Let’s hope these new amendments to New Brunswick’s impaired driving laws go through seamlessly, and they begin to enjoy safer roads as a result.