The holiday season is a busy one for impaired drivers in Canada. It happens all the time: someone will spend time out with friends or at their office Christmas party and end up behind the wheel after a few drinks. After a little bit of the ‘should I drive?’ debate, they end up heading for home when they’re not safe to be behind the wheel.
In New Brunswick, these drivers might not find the choice to drink and drive is as stressful as people in other provinces, and that’s because New Brunswick impaired driving laws are some of the most lenient in the entire country. Fortunately for drivers in that province, things are set to change, and new impaired driving laws are on their way.
Beginning in the new year, the local government wants to stiffen impaired driving laws in New Brunswick by:
- Creating a 24 hour road side suspension that gives a police officer the power to pull someone off the road if they suspect that driver of being unfit
- Changing the current short-term drivers license suspension policy so someone can be charged with escalating penalties if they continue to drink and drive
- Requiring any short term drivers license suspension due to impaired driving be recorded on a drivers license abstract
- Extending the look-back period that you can be charged with a second impaired driving offense from the current 7 years to 10 years
- Requiring vehicles to be impounded if someone is stopped for impaired driving
The best change to New Brunswick impaired driving laws is a mandatory ignition interlock program for all drivers convicted of impaired driving. Current New Brunswick impaired driving laws only offer a voluntary ignition interlock program, and by making it mandatory the province will ensure that drunk drivers don’t get a second chance to make the same mistake.
Congratulations New Brunswick, for taking control of your impaired driving problem and taking steps to keep drunk drivers off the roads.