MADD supports Ontario Government's civil vehicle forfeiture legislation



    Repeat impaired drivers face tougher consequences, terms and conditions

    OTTAWA, Feb. 20 /CNW Telbec/ - Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD
Canada) supports the Ontario Government's new civil law that takes repeat
impaired drivers out of their vehicles. Taking effect today, drivers who
repeatedly choose to drive while impaired now risk losing their car
permanently.
    Wanda Kristensen, MADD Canada's Director of Programs, accompanied by the
Honourable Jim Bradley, Minister of Transportation and the Honourable Chris
Bentley, Attorney General, were on hand in Hamilton to take part in the
official announcement of Ontario's new civil vehicle forfeiture law.
    Ms. Kristensen said, "There is strong public support for governments to
strengthen measures aimed at reducing impaired driving. We recently
commissioned a study, along with Transport Canada, that showed 89 per cent of
respondents favoured the confiscation of vehicles of convicted drivers who
choose to drive while their licence is suspended."
    The new law applies to automobiles, motorcycles, motor assisted bicycles,
and snowmobiles. The legislation allows the civil courts to impound and
forfeit a vehicle if the court finds: That the vehicle was involved in, or is
likely to be involved in, a drinking and driving offence, and is owned or
driven by a person whose driver's licence has been suspended for a drinking
and driving offence two or more times in the preceding 10 years. In addition,
the court may release the vehicle if its registered owner agrees to certain
terms and conditions including fitting the vehicle with an ignition interlock
device.
    MADD Canada had high praise for the Ontario Government. In her remarks at
the announcement, Ms. Kristensen said, "MADD Canada has had a very progressive
working relationship with the Ontario Government. And, as today's announcement
demonstrates, we continue to work together on behalf of victims of impaired
driving and all motorists to make our roads safer. MADD Canada and its
thousands of volunteers support this legislation in our mission to stop the
needless toll of death and human carnage due to impaired driving and to
support the victims of this violent crime."




For further information:

For further information: Wanda Kristensen, Director of Programs, MADD
Canada, 1-800-665-6233, ext. 229

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