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Getting tough on impaired driving

A new MADD campaign will be launched Friday as tougher penalties for drinking and driving kick in later this month.

Bill Estabrooks, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal, along with MADD Canada and law enforcement officials are launching a campaign Friday at 9:30 a.m. to “remind Nova Scotians about the consequences of driving while impaired,” according to a release.

Legislation was passed last fall to increase suspension time if drivers blow over 0.5 on a roadside screening.

Previously, drivers faced charges if they drove with a blood alcohol level above .08, but only faced a 24-hour susp­e­nsion between .05 and .08.

Under the new law, drivers blowing over 0.5, will have their licenses suspended for seven days for a first suspension, 15 days for a second, and 30 days for a third suspension.

And when they go to get their license back they’ll have to pay a reinstatement fee of $89.63.

The stiffer penalties take effect Oct. 26.

“Unfortunately, impaired driving is still a serious problem in Nova Scotia,” Estabrooks said in a statement announcing the legislation last fall.

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