Quebec Rejects Maximum Legal BAC of .05 for Most Drivers
Quebec indefinitely postponed a proposal to lower the maximum legal blood alcohol concentration (BAC) for driving to .05 because of very strong and widespread public opposition to the action.
MADD Canada asserted that the government's action was a result of "myths" and "fear mongering" perpetrated by opponents
Instead, the provincial government will implement a number of measures in an effort to reduce alcohol-related traffic crashes. These include imposing
more severe punishments on repeat offenders, such as requiring alcohol ignition interlock systems for repeat offenders, mandating longer driver license suspensions, and levying higher fines.
In addition, the government will launch a program to increase awareness of the problem of impaired driving and dramatically increase the number of road blocks to search for impaired drivers.
The government of Quebec will impose a 0.00 BAC requirement on all drivers under the age of 21.
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