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Editorial: An important step

['Editorial']
['Editorial']

Drinking and driving is the cancer of traffic offences. It affects people in a most devastating way and everyone knows — or is related to — someone who has been stricken with it.

It's for this reason the changes to legislation are not only important but necessary in improving every chance the population gets to curb the problem of impaired driving.

In summary, the legislation will:

- Tackle education in having those convicted do a mandatory ignition interlock program

- Drivers under the age of 22 are held to stricter conditions with a zero per cent blood alcohol content cutoff

- All drivers found with exceeding blood alcohol content limits will have their vehicles impounded.

The regulations, which are set to be proclaimed Sept. 21 is a huge step in the right direction and will hopefully provide deterrent to those considering getting vehicle the wheel impaired.

The punishment of impounding vehicle is also an important measure as it helps reduce the probability of recurring offences in the days following the initial bust. How many times in the courts, do we hear of someone getting caught for drinking and driving and then getting caught again in the next month, or week, or even day. Yes, there's nothing stopping the idiot from using another car to drive, but every little deterrent will help.

Of course, we would be naive to think this will eliminate drinking and riving altogether. Fixing that problem is akin to fixing stupidity.

There will always people who get behind the wheel when they shouldn't, just as there are always people who make careless, life-threatening decisions, or people who commit senseless, life-altering crimes.

While the obliteration of impaired driving may not be achievable, every steps taken to reduce it is an important one. So kudos for the province for taking this on and let's keep the education going on how lives are too important to risk on such bad decisions.

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