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New law gets tougher on drunk drivers

Rules that went into effect yesterday require British Columbians convicted of drinking and driving to provide breath samples every time they get behind the wheel.

Rules that went into effect yesterday require British Columbians convicted of drinking and driving to provide breath samples every time they get behind the wheel.

Convicted drivers will be forced to install an ignition interlock device for at least one year at a cost of more than $1,500.

Those caught driving a non-interlock-equipped vehicle will lose their driver’s licence.

The program is not retroactive, so people convicted of drunk driving before yesterday will not have to install the device. However, the program also applies to drivers who receive two 90-day driving bans or three 24-hour roadside suspensions within a five-year period.

 
 
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