Nick Coates is among the many victims of impaired driving in this province. Last week, the CEO of MADD Canada proposed tougher laws to prevent further tragedies.

New laws aimed at getting tougher on impaired drivers could be in the works, following a meeting between Newfoundland and Labrador's Liberal caucus and the chief executive officer of MADD Canada.

"It's been years since the provincial government has done anything major in the area of impaired driving. It's well overdue," said Andrew Murie, CEO of MADD Canada, about the meeting held earlier this month at Confederation Building.  

Andrew Murie, the CEO of MADD Canada, met with the NL Liberal caucus at Confederation Building last week.

On the agenda was a proposal from MADD to make changes to the Highway Traffic Act, including calling for zero blood-alcohol levels for drivers 21 and under, and stricter rules around the impounding of vehicles.

Some MADD provincial volunteers, many of whom have suffered personal tragedies related to impaired driving, took part in the meeting.  

Murie said they told their stories as part of the MADD presentation.

"The reception from the caucus members was well received, and there was a promise of action which, from myself and our members, made it a very worthwhile day," said Murie.

F+ rating

In the most recent MADD Provincial Impaired Driving Report, Newfoundland & Labrador received an F+ rating and ranked eighth among the provinces for its approach to impaired driving.  

Nonetheless, Murie said he was encouraged by the meeting. He noted the groundwork had been laid by local MADD representatives who met with their MHAs in advance to brief them on MADD's proposals.  

Murie said the new rules would come at no additional cost to the province. Instead, he said all costs are transferred to the impaired drivers themselves through fines and fees.

While in the province, Murie also met with the RNC and RCMP about introducing saliva testing for drivers impaired by drugs.  Murie said instances of drugged driving are rising on the province's roadways.

Source: CBC News


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