There comes a time in every province when lawmakers decide they’ve had enough: impaired driving laws aren’t working, and they need to change. Thankfully that time has come to the East Coast, and impaired driving laws in New Brunswick are about to change this November 1st, 2017.
Some of the changes are going to be pretty surprising to drunk drivers in the province.
Police will seize your car
Vehicle impounding is nothing new in other provinces, but impaired driving laws in New Brunswick are going to change to allow police to seize a drunk driver’s car for up to two months. That’s a long time to be without a vehicle, all because you made the decision to drink and drive.
You’ll have to install an ignition interlock
When you’re charged with impaired driving in New Brunswick you’ll have your driver’s license suspended. When you do get your license back, you’ll have to install an ignition interlock – a device that stops anyone who has been drinking alcohol from starting their vehicle.
You’ll have a longer driver’s license suspension than before
New Brunswick impaired drivers who are arrested within the warn range of .05 to .08 blood alcohol content (BAC) will lose their driver’s license for a longer period of time. That driver’s license suspension will also be recorded on your driver’s license record, even though that charge wasn’t an over 80 or .08 impaired driving charge.
Police can suspend you for 24 hours
If they have any concerns about your safety while driving, police officers in New Brunswick will have the authority to suspend your driver’s license for 24 hours. That means even if they aren’t 100% sure you are under the influence of alcohol or drugs, that officer can still give you a 24-hour suspension.
Let’s hope these new impaired driving laws in New Brunswick are just what the province needs to put a stop to a serious impaired driving problem.