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Manitoba cracks down on drunk drivers defying new rules

The province is cracking down on Manitoba drivers convicted of impaired driving.

The province is cracking down even more on Manitoba drivers convicted of impaired driving.

Since last spring, anyone convicted of impaired driving must use an ignition interlock device in their vehicle for at least a year after their driving suspension is lifted.

Now, drivers who disregard those court orders will face harsher penalties. 

Justice Minister Andrew Swan said starting Saturday, if such a driver is caught, his or her vehicle will be impounded and the driver fined up to $5,000.

"We're going to treat you the same as anyone who is driving while disqualified," he said. "Not only is it going to give you another suspension and [you'll have to] start everything over again, it's going to cost you a lot more money, too."

Swan said exceptions will be made for people with a restricted license who have to drive for their jobs.