Anyone who has ever received a report card in school knows that receiving an F grade is the worst possible outcome, because there is simply no lower grade you can receive. You can imagine how the provinces who have received an F grade on Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) recent impaired driving report cards feel. The organization has just released the 2015 Provincial Impaired Driving Report, and out of all the provinces, only 2 received an F grade: New Brunswick and Quebec.
New Brunswick is taking that F grade very seriously, and that’s why they’re moving forward with a mandatory ignition interlock law for all impaired drivers. Provinces like Alberta, Saskatchewan, and British Columbia all have mandatory ignition interlock laws, but New Brunswick is one of the few that don’t.
Although the legislation has not been drafted as of yet, the Public Safety Minister of New Brunswick has said the province will be strengthening their impaired driving laws to include the ignition interlock as well as crack down on drug-impaired driving. As of right now, New Brunswick impaired driving laws include an immediate 90 day drivers license suspension followed by a one year driving suspension after criminal conviction. The offender will also pay $1,150 in fines and must enroll in the mandatory Auto Control drivers education program.
New Brunswick might be lagging behind most of the other provinces when it comes to impaired driving laws and ignition interlock devices, but at least they’re stepping to the plate and acknowledging they have some work to do. Strengthening New Brunswick impaired driving laws is one best ways to prevent impaired driving related crashes, and ignition interlock devices work to stop drunk drivers from driving drunk again. Ignition interlocks are so effective that they’ve been proven to reduce the likelihood of impaired driving recidivism by up to 67%.