New Brunswick tough on young DUI

Effective June 1, 2009 all New Brunswick motorists with a class 2 licence and/or under the age of 21, must maintain a zero per cent blood-alcohol level when driving.

This new rule will apply to all drivers under the age of 21, whether they are enrolled in the graduated driver’s license program or not, New Brunswick’s Department of Public Safety said.

The penalty for a driver not in the graduated licence program who is found to have a blood-alcohol level over zero, he or she will be required to pay a $172.50 fine and his or her license will be suspended for one month.

If it is a driver in the graduated licence program caught breaking the new rule, he or she will be required to pay the $172.50 fine, will have their licencs suspended for one year, will be required to complete an alcohol rehabilitation course and will have to restart the graduated driver’s license program with no credit.

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