N.B. proposes MVA changes to cut down on drunk driving

The New Brunswick government is proposing amendments to the Motor Vehicle Act to cut down on impaired driving in the province.

Deputy Premier Stephen Horsman says impaired driving is one of the leading causes of preventable fatalities on New Brunswick highways and the government wants to make the roads safer. 

He says the changes will make it one of the toughest jurisdictions regarding impaired driving.

The government is considering a hike in the licence reinstatement fee from $62 to $230 for those convicted of impaired driving and for drivers who receive a third or subsequent short-term licence suspension in a five year period.

It also proposes a $64 fee for early release of an impounded vehicle and a mandatory alcohol ignition interlock device program.

MADD Canada chief executive officer Andrew Murie says research and experience in other jurisdictions has shown that these kinds of impaired driving laws and sanctions have a major impact on reducing impaired driving and saving lives.

The public can review or comment on the regulations before it's brought into force November 1st.

Visit the Public Review of Draft Regulations webpage; feedback can also be submitted by calling 506-453-6109.