No matter where you live, parents of young drivers give them the same talk: don’t speed, don’t drive recklessly, and never, under any circumstances, drink and drive. It’s good advice, and all the better if the young person actually takes it, but sometimes parents need a helping hand in enforcing that advice and that’s where zero tolerance drunk driving laws come in.
Newfoundland and Labrador has proposed amendments to the Highway Traffic Act and existing zero tolerance drunk driving laws that will crack down on any young person who makes the poor decision to drink and drive.
Zero tolerance age lowered
Most provinces in Canada have zero tolerance drunk driving laws for anyone under the age of twenty one. The Newfoundland and Labrador government has proposed that age changes to twenty two. The penalty for anyone under twenty two who registers any blood alcohol content (BAC) when asked to submit to a breathalyzer will be a seven day driver’s license suspension.
Vehicles will be impounded
The amendments call for a change for anyone charged with a first impaired driving offense who blows over .08 on a breathalyzer or if they refuse to provide a breath sample. These offenders will have their vehicle impounded for three days in addition to existing penalties. If its a second offense the vehicle will be impounded for seven days, and a third offense will have them saying good bye to their vehicle for thirty days.
Ignition interlocks after driver’s license suspensions
Repeat offenders are a problem in every province, and the Newfoundland and Labrador government has made the decision to add ignition interlock laws to stop them. After a driver’s license suspension, offenders will be required to use an ignition interlock for one year.
It will be six months before these changes take effect, but it’s good to see Newfoundland and Labrador taking active steps to stop drunk drivers in their province.