New Brunswick’s been talking about a mandatory ignition interlock law for awhile, and although they’ve passed a law making it a requirement for all offenders to install an ignition interlock, the program isn’t up and running yet.
While the ignition interlock program is taking time to set up, New Brunswick does have a game plan in place. Anyone convicted of impaired driving in New Brunswick will receive a driver’s license suspension for a minimum of one year. If they serve out three months of that suspension, he or she will be able to start driving again if they are granted a restricted driver’s license. That license will let the person drive a car, but only if he or she has an ignition interlock installed.
It’s a slightly different program than what some provinces have set up.
Saskatchewan ignition interlock laws
In Saskatchewan, the mandatory ignition interlock laws were recently changed to toughen up on drunk driving offenders. Now anyone who registers a high blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .16 on a breathalyzer or who refuses to provide a breathalyzer sample will be required to install an ignition interlock for a lot longer than before. For a first offense it’s a two year program, second offense you’ll have one for five years, and any repeat offense after that will net you ten years with an ignition interlock.
Alberta ignition interlock laws
Alberta’s ignition interlock laws aren’t quite as tough as those in Saskatchewan. If you’re a first time offender in Alberta you’ll be required to install an ignition interlock for one year after a period of suspension. Second time offenders would need to use the device for three years.
New Brunswick can carve their own path when it comes to ignition interlock laws, but it wouldn’t be a bad idea to consider how well the programs are working in Saskatchewan and Alberta when they’re planning out how their own program will work.