EDMONTON, Nov. 21, 2011 /CNW/ - Parts of Alberta's Bill 26, the Alberta Traffic Safety Amendment Act, introduced today by Transportation Minister Ray Danyluk, will create
confusion and ultimately target the wrong people. The impact of this
approach will be felt by the restaurant industry, based on the
experience in British Columbia, where similar laws were introduced last
"Introducing tougher administrative penalties for drivers whose blood
alcohol content (BAC) is between .05 and .08, as was done in British
Columbia, will unintentionally hurt both the hospitality industry and
responsible Albertans," says Mark von Schellwitz, Vice President
Western Canada for the Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association
(CRFA). "In B.C., these new penalties led to a 21 per cent drop in
restaurant sales, and lost jobs."
CRFA is urging government to focus on impaired drivers who are over the
legal limit and responsible for 86 per cent of alcohol-related
accidents and fatalities - not ordinary Albertans who are not legally
impaired and pose no real driving safety risk. Alberta accident
statistics confirm that two-thirds of alcohol-related accidents and
fatalities result from impaired drivers at twice the legal .08 BAC
limit, and those who repeatedly drive while legally impaired.
"We share the government's goal of getting drunk drivers off Alberta
roads," says Garth Whyte, CRFA's CEO and President. "The proposals
brought forward by government must appropriately target drunk drivers,
not intimidate ordinary Albertans and cost hospitality industry jobs."
CRFA is one of Canada's largest business associations, with more than
30,000 members representing restaurants, bars, caterers, institutions
and other foodservice providers. Canada's $63-billion foodservice
industry employs more than one million people in communities across the
SOURCE Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association
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