If you follow DUI laws in Canada, you know that the ignition interlock is an important tool in the fight against drunk driving. An ignition interlock, or car breathalyzer, prevents a car vehicle from starting if the driver has been drinking. Courts can order interlocks to be placed on the vehicles of drunk drivers.
Approaches to ignition interlock laws in Canada vary by province. MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) Canada has evaluated each province’s laws. Here is where things stand now.
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MADD Canada gives higher ratings to provinces which make interlocks mandatory, and which make it easier to afford through government insurance. Points are taken away if a province allows offenders to “sit-out” the suspension without an interlock.
Laws change, and there are certainly voices out there stumping for more comprehensive ignition interlock laws. The point of this chart is to give a shout-out to provinces that are using the devices well, and encourage the others to do the same. Well done, Quebec.