Manitoba adds immediate driver suspensions for drinking and driving

A new crackdown with roadside sanctions for drunk driving will take effect next month, including immediate driver suspensions, hefty fines and vehicle seizures.

The province confirmed Thursday that the tougher penalties will take effect on Dec. 16, 2019, just in time for the holiday season.

The government first announced the general plan for the harsher penalties in November 2018, some of which apply below the .08 blood alcohol concentration.

On Thursday, Justice Minister Cliff Cullen said the sanctions are needed because too many Manitobans still choose to drink and drive.

“It’s another tool for us to remind people that drinking and driving is not acceptable in Manitoba. We’re still losing far too many individuals due to impaired driving,” said Cullen.