Starting this weekend, there will be harsher punishment for drunk driving in Manitoba.
Justice Minister Andrew Swan says as of Dec. 15, anyone convicted, even for the first time, will have to pay to install an ignition interlock device in their car at a cost of $2,000.
The alcohol-detection device is wired directly into a vehicle's ignition system and uses technology similar to that of breathalyzer tests.
A driver must blow into the device, which prevents the vehicle from starting if alcohol is detected.
Currently, only repeat offenders and those convicted of the most serious impaired-driving offences must have ignition interlock systems installed.
"We think that the ignition interlock is a very useful tool and we don't think that other Manitoba taxpayers or other drivers should have to pay for the bad decisions somebody has made," he said at a news conference on Thursday.
"We think it's reasonable that drivers pay that cost."
The proposed legislation was first introduced in May.
The BAC data suggests that for every 1% of crash deaths that are alcohol-related, 0.5% of crash injuries and 0.3% PDO vehicles are alcohol-related.
In other words, if alcohol-related crash deaths went up 10%, alcohol-related injuries would go up 5% and PDO vehicles would go up 3%. Again, using these ratios, one can estimate from the number of alcohol-related fatalities the number of alcohol-related injuries and PDO vehicles.
Finally, studies on drug and alcohol-related crashes indicate that where there is a positive BAC, about 75% of the cases involve alcohol alone and about 25% also involve drugs. In addition, there are another 10% of crashes that involve drugs alone.
Between 1999 and 2008, traffic crashes involving alcohol and/or drugs resulted in an estimated 12,100 deaths, 713,845 injuries and damage to 2,359,190 vehicles in property-damage only (PDO) crashes alone. It is also estimated that there were 10,083 fatal impaired driving crashes, 487,952 injury-only impaired crashes and 1,552,097 PDO impaired crashes, totaling 2,050,132 crashes.
Using a social cost model, these deaths, injuries and PDO crashes cost Canadians an estimated $205.3 billion. Based on a population of 33 million people, that represents a cost of about $6,221 per Canadian.
Given the relative stability of the impairment-related crash deaths, injuries, PDO crashes and costs during the ten-year period, it seems reasonable to express the statistics in terms of an annual average.
In an average year, impairment-related crashes resulted in an average of 1,210 deaths, 71,385 injuries and damage to 235,919 vehicles in PDO crashes a year. On average, there were 1,008 fatal impaired driving crashes, 48,795 injury-only impaired crashes and 155,210 PDO impaired crashes a year, totaling an average of 205,013 impaired driving crashes.
These deaths, injuries and PDO crashes cost Canadians an estimated $20.53 billion, or about $622 per Canadian.
In 2008, the most recent year for which there is data, impairment-related crashes resulted in an estimated 1,162 fatalities, 68,538 injuries and damage to 226,522 vehicles in PDO crashes. There were a total of 196,845 crashes, costing an estimated $21.6 billion.
Originally posted by Robbo2006
reply to post by DarthMuerte
It sounds like a good device to use around disney world.
But in the real world you would pay 5 bucks for some one else
to breath into the device and vroom!
Spot on Kudos.
Originally posted by Jerk_Idiot
You people crack me up. Deny ignorance? If you are awake for 24hrs it is perfectly ok to kill someone with your car. Taking prescription meds or over the counter meds that affect your driving and it is alright to kill someone with you vehicle. Have a couple of beers and you are a criminal, fined, jailed, and hated but smoke something illegal and it is alright to kill. Drive like a idiot and it is alright to kill and maim. How about just having the police ACTUALLY do their jobs and ticket those who are driving erratically whatever their reason? The actual reason there are DUI laws is MADD made it ok for the government to NOT do their jobs by concentrating on something they can make money on.
Police departments are PAID extra money by the federal government for arresting drunk drivers, not drivers that are dangerous, and you people fall for it letting the government make extra money while leaving the streets dangerous. For you it is a feel good thing, not a real thing. I have no problem with anyone who is a accident getting punished for drunk driving IF THAT WAS THE CAUSE OF THE ACCIDENT yet people have their lives destroyed while NOT AT FAULT for what happened and you folks cheer.
For those who are about to flame. I have never had a DUI in my life. I do not drive drunk. However I HAVE been in several accidents where I was not at fault. The other drivers would have gone to jail if they were DUI but as they were not drunk they were let go. It seems you are allowed to kill people with your vehicle so long as you do not drink before you do it. Anything else is just fine. Oh and by the way. DUI checkpoints have nothing to do with catching drunk drivers. It is nothing but a cash cow for not wearing seatbelts, not having insurance, or anything else. Just for having them though the police department gets extra money.
Open your eyes folks. Get the wool out of them.