Jan 30, 2015 - P.E.I. IMPAIRED DRIVING CONVICTIONS ON DECLINE: PROVINCE

Robert Vessey left, MLA and Chief Paul Smith, Charlottetown Police Department, hold a breathalyzer and new marked license plate at a press conference outlining the amendments to the Highway Traffic Act in regards to those so choose to repeatedly drive while under the influence of alcohol. The press conference was held at Province House Friday.


The Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Department released impaired driving numbers this week that show convictions on a steady decline since 1989.

The number of convictions for impaired driving decreased by nearly 20 per cent, from 297 in 2013 to 241 in 2014. The number impaired driving convictions in 1989 was 628.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE NUMBERS OF IMPAIRED DRIVING CONVICTIONS, BY YEAR

In 1980, there were 1,570 drivers convicted of impaired driving in Prince Edward Island.

“Tougher legislation, increased public awareness and partnerships with local law enforcement are sending the message that this senseless crime will not be tolerated,” said Vessey. “Although we have made progress, we will continue to work with our partners to take impaired drivers off our roads.”

The Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal has strengthened legislation and increased public awareness campaigns to help keep impaired drivers off Island roads.

A summit held in 2013 was hosted by the department to meet with Island law enforcement, MADD Canada, and justice officials, among others, to find ways to combat impaired driving.

Since that summit, the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal has made the following changes:

• Mandatory ignition interlock for first-time offenders and increasing the time repeat offenders must use the device;

• Impounding the vehicles of impaired drivers for longer;

• New suspensions for drivers impaired by drugs;

• A special licence and licence plate to assist law enforcement in identifying repeat offers

• Increased public awareness campaigns, including encouraging Islanders to call 911 to report impaired drivers.

Source: Journal Pioneer


 

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