SGI is implementing tougher laws against drug and alcohol impaired driving in the province just in time for the long weekend.
The Traffic Safety Amendment Act 2017 and the Cannabis Legalization portion of the Miscellaneous Vehicle and Driving Statuses Amendment Act 2017 were both passed in Legislature in the Spring sitting, and come into effect September 1st.
A Zero tolerance policy will be enforced on drug impaired driving applying to all drivers, which means drivers with any amount of impairing drugs in their system, detectable by a federally-approved screening device or standard field sobriety test could have their vehicle suspended for up to 60 days and their licence suspended for up to five years.
More strict penalties are also on the way for impaired drivers with children in the vehicle.
Those caught impaired driving with passengers under the age of 16 could have their vehicle seized for up to 60 days, a licence suspension for up to 120 days, and for new drivers, a licence suspension for 18 months.
Minister responsible for SGI, Joe Hargrave said in a release that it is “never okay to drive impaired, whether it’s by drugs or alcohol,” with this new legislation reflecting the severity of impaired driving.
SGI is also adding that these rules apply regardless of the drugs being legal or not.