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IBC supports Newfoundland and Labrador’s impaired driving efforts

Province announced legislation to make changes to the Highway Traffic Act.

The Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) is congratulating the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador for announcing legislation to make changes to the Highway Traffic Act. The proposed changes would crack down on impaired driving and introduce stiffer penalties for this serious crime.

“IBC fully supports the government’s proposed changes and we welcome this fantastic announcement,” said Amanda Dean, Vice President, Atlantic, IBC. “Impaired driving takes far too many lives and it’s something that can be easily avoided. Property and casualty insurers are committed to working with governments across Canada to reduce impaired driving and to keep our roads safe for everyone. This is an important step and the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador is to be commended for this legislation.”

According to the government, the proposed amendments would expand the province’s vehicle impoundment program. Specifically, it would make it mandatory for a police officer to order the vehicle of an impaired driver to be impounded immediately. The proposed changes would also include the introduction of a mandatory ignition interlock program as a condition for a convicted driver’s licence reinstatement. Further, drivers who are younger than 22 years of age will be required to maintain a blood alcohol content of zero per cent. This would give young drivers the opportunity to form good driving habits that separate alcohol consumption from driving.

“IBC is encouraging all MHAs to support these important changes,” added Dean. “Our industry will keep working with the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador to help reduce this senseless, dangerous, and completely avoidable crime.”

Transcontinental Media G.P.