Nova Scotia Increases Penalties for Drinking and Driving

Nova Scotia Increases Penalties for Drinking and DrivingMay 1st signals a new beginning in Nova Scotia as lawmakers introduce even stiffer consequences for drinking and driving. The Province already ranks among the strictest in Canada when it comes to DUI offenses, and now the safety of children is at the forefront of lawmaker’s minds.

First time offenders in Nova Scotia currently have to pay a fine ranging from $600 to $2000, face the removal of the privilege to drive for one year from date of conviction, complete an Addiction assessment program, and may be required to participate in an Ignition Interlock program at their own personal expense.

As of May 1st, if an offender is convicted of impaired driving with a child in their vehicle, they may lose their license for at least two years and must participate in an Ignition Interlock program for at least one year. Maurice Smith, The Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal in Nova Scotia, feels this is a positive step in the right direction as “Impaired driving remains one of the leading causes of death and serious injuries in motor vehicle crashes in the province.”