The Saskatchewan government introduced new legislation at a news conference Monday, aimed at curbing the ever-growing problem that is drinking and driving.
Proposed changes to the Traffic Safety Act include a three-day vehicle seizure on a first offence, for experienced drivers with a .04 to .08 blood alcohol level, and zero-tolerance for drivers 21 and under, and new drivers. If motorists are caught, a 60-day licence suspension is the consequence.
The provincial government is also making adjustments to the length of ignition interlock systems for impaired drivers. If approved the changes will take effect January 1st, 2017.
There have been a number of deadly drunk driving incidents in Saskatchewan this year, and the catalyst was former deputy premier Don McMorris charged with impaired driving, after reportedly being twice the legal limit. He later plead guilty to the offence, and had to pay a fine, and his license was suspended for a year.
In 2015, stats from SGI showed well over 500 injuries and 53 fatalities as a result of drinking and driving on Saskatchewan roads.