Is New Brunswick going to toughen up on impaired driving? The wave of drunk drivers may finally slow down in the province now that New Brunswick’s Public Safety Minister has shared that much tougher impaired driving penalties are on the horizon.
Spring 2017 will be the light at the end of the tunnel for anti-impaired driving advocates because that’s when changes to the Motor Vehicle Act, brought to the table way back in December 2015, will finally be put into place. For anyone convicted of impaired driving, those changes are going to mean a tougher road ahead.
Mandatory ignition interlocks
Ignition interlocks will be mandatory in New Brunswick. That means anyone convicted of impaired driving in the province will be required to sign up for an ignition interlock program.
British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Alberta, and Ontario have had success with their ignition interlock programs, and by forcing drivers to blow before they can go, they’re keeping their drunk drivers on lock down. Setting up a similar program in New Brunswick is a smart move in stopping drunk drivers.
Warn range violations in place
Just like British Columbia, any driver caught driving in New Brunswick with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.05 to 0.799 will be subject to warn range penalties. That means they will be unable to drive during a period of suspension and they’ll have to pay increased driver’s license reinstatement fees.
Driver’s license suspension for erratic driving
Even if someone isn’t drinking and driving, police officers will be able to suspend a driver’s license for a 24 hour period if they decide see that person driving erratically.
Spring 2017 can’t come soon enough for New Brunswick. Ignition interlocks, increased suspensions, and more power to police to take unsafe drivers off the road are a great step in the right direction, and like other provinces who have passed similar amendments, these changes will make New Brunswick roads safer for everyone.