CAA Opposes Proposed Changes to NB Graduated Drivers’ Licensing Program
Saint John, NB– CAA adamantly opposes proposed changes to the New Brunswick graduated licensing program, in the interest of public safety.
CAA is speaking out following the provincial government’s recent throne speech, in which the government proposed lifting the ban on late-night driving for newly licensed, young drivers. CAA calls on the Province to reconsider any changes to the current system in the interest of all motorists in the province.
“CAA strongly discourages the proposed elimination of the midnight to 5 a.m. driving restrictions currently in place for newly licensed, Graduated License Level 2 drivers,” said Steve McCall, President of CAA Atlantic.
“The current legislation already includes a provision for exemption as a result of a requirement to drive to school or work. Not only is a change unnecessary, it would be a giant step backward in safe driving and would put these already vulnerable young drivers and other motorists at significant risk,” he said.
Graduated licensing limits risk to teens when they are first learning to drive. The combination of reduced visibility, glare, fatigue, possible impairment and other factors make nighttime particularly hazardous for teens, who are not yet accustomed to managing risks behind the wheel.
The current program was built on a foundation of overwhelming scientific evidence that supports restrictions on the number of passengers allowed in a vehicle, as well as time-of-day driving restrictions. Most provinces in Canada have introduced similar restrictions.
There is no scientific evidence to support eliminating or reducing the restrictions placed on new drivers under the age of 21.
“Eliminating the time-of-day restrictions currently in place would be irresponsible and dangerous,” said McCall.
About the Canadian Automobile Association (CAA)
CAA is a federation of nine clubs providing more than 5.6 million members with exceptional emergency roadside service, complete automotive and travel services, member savings and comprehensive insurance services. CAA also advocates on issues of concern to its members, including road safety, the environment, mobility, infrastructure and consumer protection.
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