Manitoba

Tougher penalties for impaired driving take effect in Manitoba

The changes, first announced last June, include requiring everyone convicted of impaired driving to have interlock systems installed in their vehicles.
Justice Minister Gord Mackintosh says the Manitoba government wants to send a message that high-risk behaviours behind the wheel will be punished. (Shutterstock)

Tougher penalties are now in effect for impaired drivers in Manitoba.

The changes, first announced last June, include requiring everyone convicted of impaired driving to have interlock systems installed in their vehicles.

The device only allows a vehicle to be started after a breath sample is taken.

The province is also extending the driver's licence suspension period — to three days from one — for people with a blood-alcohol content of between .05 and .08.

And if someone under 16 is in the vehicle, that suspension will run seven days.

Justice Minister Gord Mackintosh says the government wants to send a message that high-risk behaviours behind the wheel will be punished.

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