MADD Canada supports P.E.I.'s new drunk driving penalties

Ryan Ross
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MADD Canada CEO Andrew Murie says he supports the P.E.I. government's efforts to stop repeat drunk drivers.

As the provincial government takes steps to try and stop repeat drunk driving offenders, the head of Mothers Against Drunk Driving Canada is praising the effort.

Andrew Murie, MADD Canada's CEO, was in P.E.I. last week and in an interview with The Guardian said he was impressed by the province's commitment to the issue through measures that have never been tried in Canada.

"We don't know if they're going to work or not but the potential for them to work is very high," he said.

Recently the province introduced changes to the Highway Traffic Act that included longer mandatory periods of use of the ignition interlock for repeat offenders.

For people with three drunk driving offences or more they will have to use the interlock for 10 years, with the option of applying for a special licence plate after five years of clean records.

That plate is meant to only be identifiable to law enforcement officials.

Murie said it's uncommon for a small province like P.E.I. to lead on road safety because the impact of changes is greater in bigger provinces.

"It's really nice to kind of see that leadership coming from here."

The special licence plate is being used differently in P.E.I. than in other places that use them as more of a shaming device, Murie said, although he added someone who is convicted three doesn't get the same rights as someone who doesn't drink and drive.

"The plate works for that type of person."

Murie said forcing people to use the interlock means they have to change their drinking patterns and it starts them on the process of potentially seeking treatment.

"It's not just a punishment. It's actually just a rehabilitation tool that almost gets them to re-examine their drinking patterns."

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Organizations: MADD Canada, Mothers Against Drunk Driving Canada

Geographic location: P.E.I., Canada

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  • AMP
    May 28, 2014 - 20:09

    My feeling about this issue is ,why can't we come to a happy medium . Drinking and driving in no good for sure .I don't think two beer makes anyone drunk ,One can't do that if they go out to supper or your over the limit. As for those blow boxes they need to put in their car after being charged . Would that make more since to have them installed if you have a car or going to get a car. Having your licences ,you could at least drive for employer . No ye would rather see them sitting back and draw social Assistance .That alright tax payers can handle that . You make all those rules ,but ye don't have a clue how to going about helping . Its alright to sit back in a chair and make rules ,that you know are not going to work without some insight how to go about fixing problem. MADD did you ever try to come up with some real good issues to help those people with their drinking problems . Yes ye all had son's and daughters Mother's , Father's Aunt's and Uncle's that were killed my drunk drivers .We all had people taken from us . Maybe Just maybe we can turn a negative thing into something that helping . The rules are not helping . We are making people sneaks ,unlawful citations . The average person need to work . So work around that . Don't call them murders ,if they were ,the system would give them a lesser sentence .

  • Anne Hemphill
    May 26, 2014 - 13:40

    How about getting some real help for the alcoholic? People working with them that have a drinking problem so they know how to help the alcoholic. It can't be learned in a book. Walk the walk to talk the talk.

  • Blondie
    May 26, 2014 - 11:10

    I think if you drink and drive you should not only lose your driving licence but also your vehicle. Sell them and the money can be used to house and feed them while they spend their time in jail. I know some people will think this is a bit hatch but we need to put a Stop to drinking and driving.

    • James
      May 26, 2014 - 12:41

      No your comment is not too harsh at all. I agree with you 100%. As a family member that lost a loved one due to a drunk behind the wheel, nothing seems harsh enough...my family and I have been paying the price, not the person that chose to drink and drive.

    • don
      May 26, 2014 - 13:12

      perfect idea. but if they hurt anyone badly then take the car and sell it. and use they money to help the victim everyone feels sorry for the poor drunk and his family but what about the victim and there family? i know if i had a drunk in my family and i knew they were going out to party i would make sure the car will not start or call police and let them know. again to hell with the drunk and there family i worry about who they may hit as that person did not plan on getting hit by a drunk. and if anyone thinks different then when you lose a love one or they end up in a wheel chair please tell us that you are happy and go to the court and tell the drunk how happy you are. ask the man who lost his wife by a "repeat" drunk and now is a murder from the k'town area i'm sure he is happy the man killed his wife. i have no problem with a person having a drink but stay home or get a drive what i hate is USELESS DRUNKS.

  • stops
    May 26, 2014 - 10:34

    How about many more road stops? Seems like that would be a big step in deterring some.

  • It is
    May 26, 2014 - 09:03

    My first thought is fine but what about other family members driving the car. It puts the badge on anyone who would be driving the vehicle.

    • Family
      May 26, 2014 - 10:25

      Maybe the family should of stopped the drinking before it got this bad.

    • don
      May 26, 2014 - 11:27

      Family. i could not agree with you more. if the family does not care then let them suffer also. as the drunk maybe a murder of a family member not yours but someone else's. to me a drunk driver is a MURDER or MURDER TO BE and should serve time as a murder. and get life and a day. why should they get out in a few years and walk around free? the person the murdered is not able o get up in a few years and be free. and as far as the whining hearts not to blame the family bull they know the person is a drunk then stop them call 911 do what ever you have to. think if that person kills while drunk how will you feel if it is a family member or a child ? to me you are just as much to blame .

  • don
    May 26, 2014 - 08:34

    the more drunks the better for wes that way he gets more MONEY and we all know wes needs money to help the rich.

    • gary
      May 26, 2014 - 12:38

      don said " a drunk driver is a MURDER or MURDER TO BE and should serve time as a murder" well thats no good because when you murder someone on P.E.I you get less time then people selling drugs. Dingwell ring a bell?