Mixed Reactions To Alberta's Proposed Impaired Driving Legislation
Alberta's proposed stiffer penaties for driving with blood-alcohol levels of .05 to .08 are getting rave-reviews from organizations like Mothers Against Drunk Driving.
But organizations representing the hospitality industry aren't so keen, saying what's in Bill 26 criminalizes people who are not causing the crashes and deaths on our roads.
Raphael Bohlmann is the operating partner for Eagan's Pub and Rock City Nightclub:
He's emphatic when he says impaired driving is wrong, but he adds this legislation doesn't address that issue.
"What Alison Redford is proposing is a series of fines and suspensions that would mitigate the .08 Canadian law. In essence, what she's doing is she's saying, if you're drinking and driving we're going to give you a fine instead of sending you to court."
Bohlmann says provisions in the Criminal Code for impaired driving are very strong and do the job when applied. He says stats show the impaired drivers causing accidents and deaths are over the legal .08 limit, and often double it.
Mothers Against Drunk Driving feels Bill 26 is a step in the right direction.
MADD says the new standards will change attitudes about drinking and driving.
Local MADD spokesperson Dagny Guy calls the bill progress.
"We are definitely pleased. I think Alberta is heading in the right direction with this bill."
Guy says there's no excuse to drink and drive and more people find the behaviour unacceptable.
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