It’s long been the rule of law on the West Coast of Canada, and provinces like British Columbia and Alberta have all seen a decrease in drunk driving arrests and drunk driving crashes since passing one, but a mandatory ignition interlock law has never been a must-have for the provinces on the far reaches of the East Coast.
But that’s all changing as Newfoundland and Labrador are slated to change their impaired driving regulations by adding a mandatory ignition interlock law, and it’s coming as quickly as September 21st, 2017. As of that date, any driver who has a driver’s license suspended because of an impaired driving conviction will be required to use an ignition interlock in any vehicle they drive.
There’s also a few other big changes coming thanks to the new impaired driving regulations in Newfoundland and Labrador.
Young drivers expected to stay at zero
It’s zero tolerance in Newfoundland and Labrador for any driver under the age of 22. These drivers are expected to maintain a zero-blood alcohol content (BAC) while driving, and if they’re caught with a BAC of more than zero but less than .08, they’ll have their vehicle impounded for seven days.
Over .08 drivers will be penalized
If you’re a driver over the age of 22 and are arrested with a BAC of .08 or greater, you’ll have your vehicle impounded for 30 days. Even if you’re stopped and found to have a lower BAC of .05 to .08, you’ll have your vehicle impounded seven days.
These changes come thanks to Bill 68, a House bill that was passed in Newfoundland last spring. These changes to their impaired driving laws are significant and have been a long time in coming, and thanks to the mandatory ignition interlock law, Newfoundland and Labrador will finally begin to see a drop in their impaired driving rates.