MADD Canada has released their 2015 Provincial Impaired Driving Report, which works to assess major elements of each province’s impaired driving laws and identifies areas where reforms can be made to significantly reduce impaired driving.
|Points||% out of 100||Grade|
|Prince Edward Island||14||56%||D|
|Newfoundland and Labrador||12||48%||F+|
Zero tolerance for young drivers should be moved from 19 to 22
In an interview with Simi Sara, Andrew Murrie, the Executive Director of MADD Canada said that British Columbia has received top marks, but the sixth annual report says the province could do better.
One recommendation that MADD Canada has put forward is to prohibit any trace of alcohol or drugs in young drivers until they’re 22 years old, as in Ontario and Quebec.
“When it comes to young drivers… Ontario and Quebec basically have a zero tolerance for 22 and under for any alcohol. B.C. right now, if you get your license at 16 after three years you have a full license and the zero tolerance no longer applies. That’s at the same age as young people are becoming legal drinking age. We know from experience and statistics that this is a dangerous crossroad, so most provinces have moved beyond that… That has been of our frustrating things with B.C. We’ve raised this multiple times, but they don’t seem to want to take actions with young drivers.”