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Impaired driving penalties become harsher in Nova Scotia

Throughout Canada, there are strict penalties for motorists who attempt to drive while intoxicated, and those penalties just became a bit more severe for intoxicated drivers travelling with a child under the age of 16.

The government of Nova Scotia recently passed an amendment to the Motor Vehicle Act that increases the amount of time an impaired driver's license is suspended as well as the time in which alcohol ignition interlocks must remain installed on their vehicles.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), an impaired-driving awareness group with representation throughout the country, applauded the government's decision.

"We welcome these new laws and we recognize the government of Nova Scotia for its commitment to reducing impaired driving crashes, deaths and injuries," said Margaret Miller, President of MADD Canada.

According to MADD, impaired driving is the leading criminal cause of death in Canada, which helps explain the severe punishments imposed by government officials and the consequential impacts on auto insurance policies.

Ontario is no exception. Convicted offenders have their license suspended for 30 days, face fines up to $500 and may even be sent to jail, according to the Ontario Ministry of Transportation.


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