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June 2, 2011

Drinking and driving suspensions to increase

Starting June 24, motorists found with a blood alcohol concentration of between .05 and .08 per cent during a roadside test will have their driver's licence suspended for seven days.

This amendment to the Motor Vehicle Act replaces the current 24-hour licence suspension

Police will continue to enforce an immediate 90-day suspension for drivers whose blood alcohol content level tests higher than .08 per cent at roadside, even before the case goes to court.

Records of short-term suspensions are kept by local police forces. The registrar of motor vehicles is not informed of the suspension, and the information is not recorded on the driver's abstract. However, police officers who request the surrender of a driver's licence will keep a written record of the suspension along with the driver's name, address, date and time of the incident.