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POLICE ASSOCIATION OF NOVA SCOTIA 73 (...Low BAC Drivers and the Law continued) 3. Treat administrative suspensions like traffic violations. Currently, a number of jurisdictions do not record on the driverʼs record the short-term suspensions or prohibitions imposed for violations of the lower BAC limit. This makes it difficult to identify recidivists so that appropriate action can be taken. Inclusion of short-term suspensions on the driverʼs record will help police and licensing authorities identify those who repeatedly drink and drive. The Canada Safety Council recommends that BAC-related suspensions be retained on a driverʼs record along with demerit points, and shared with adjoining jurisdictions in the same way as other traffic violations such as speeding. 4. Provide intervention programs for repeat administrative suspensions. Some jurisdictions already have requirements for assessment and treatment in the case of repeat suspensions. Such interventions are intended to address the root of the problem, such as alcohol dependency. The Canada Safety Council recommends that Best Practices be established for such programs, and that assessment / remedial programs be provided for drivers with repeat administrative suspensions within a specified period of time. These programs should be provided at the driverʼs expense. 5. Enhance enforcement through well-publicized and visible roadside checks by police Visible, effective enforcement is critical in the fight against impaired driving. Roadside spot checks, in particular, have been shown to reduce the number of drunk drivers on the road. Drivers with low BACs are difficult to detect through routine patrol or spot check programs because most show no obvious signs of impairment. The Canada Safety Council recommends that police agencies be given resources and training to apprehend lowBAC drivers using roadside spot checks, and that they be authorized to use proven technologies such as passive alcohol sensors to detect drivers with low BACs. 6. Increase public awareness of countermeasures for low-BAC drivers. Most Canadian drivers are unaware that BAC limits lower than that in the Criminal Code already exist in most provinces/territories. This lessens the potential deterrent effect of the lower limits. (If the public does not know what they are, how can they be expected to comply?) If the administrative licence suspensions at lower BACs are to deter drivers from operating a vehicle after they have been drinking, drivers need to know about them. The Canada Safety Council recommends that substantial efforts be initiated to increase public awareness about existing lower BAC limits and their associated sanctions, to enhance the potential deterrent effect of these measures. © 2006 Canada Safety Council http://www.safety-council.org

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