660 NEWS

December 18, 2018

CALGARY (660 NEWS) – New impaired driving laws imposed by the federal government went into effect Tuesday.

According to the CEO of Mothers Against Drunk Driving Andrew Murie this could save 200 lives within the first year of implementation.

“It is the same aspect that has worked so well globally and we’re expecting somewhere in the vicinity of a 20 to 25 per cent reduction in deaths in the first year,” said Murie.

He says this new legislation is a big step forward.

“We believe this is the most significant piece of federal government legislation on impaired driving, since the breathalyzer was brought in, in 1969.”

Canada’s old laws didn’t allow police to issue a breathalyzer test without reasonable suspicion, now they don’t need that aspect and can test anyone for impaired driving at roadside.

“So that likelihood of getting caught has gone way up and that’s the deterrent that changes behaviours.”