Highway Traffic Act changes in Newfoundland.
05 Oct, 2010
CBC reported last week that there would be some changes to the Hichway Traffic Act in Newfoundland.
Some of those changes include:
- Authorize police to use traffic safety stops as a means of determining whether drivers are impaired, driving while suspended or driving without insurance, among other serious offences.
- Increase the current 24-hour driver’s licence suspension to a minimum of seven days (14 days for a repeat offence) for drivers with a blood alcohol level of greater than 0.05 per cent, down from 0.08 per cent.
- Reduce the allowable blood alcohol level to 0.0 per cent from the current .05 per cent, for drivers accompanying a novice driver.
- Prohibit the use of electronic devices such as cellphones, BlackBerries and iPhones to send or read text messages, or programming GPS devices while the vehicle is in motion, which can distract drivers from driving safely.
Take note txters
The fine for txting while driving is set to increase to $100-400. Take in to account your insurance premiums taking a hike and you have a serious reason to pull over and txt, if safety wasn’t good enough for you.