May 6, 2009
RIVERVIEW (CNB) - Two motor vehicles forfeited to the Province of New Brunswick as the result of impaired driving offences were donated today to the Riverview Fire Department. The vehicles will be used to assist firefighters in training exercises using hydraulic extrication apparatus.
"These vehicles, which were forfeited under the authority of the Management of Seized and Forfeited Property Act, will serve a meaningful purpose in helping local firefighters be prepared in life-threatening situations, such as a collision caused by an impaired driver," said Attorney General T.J. Burke.
The act provides authority to the attorney general to manage, take control of, sell or dispose of property that has been seized, restrained or forfeited to the province under the Criminal Code of Canada and the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act. The newly modernized act was brought into force this spring. In 2004, New Brunswick became the first jurisdiction to seize vehicles as the result of impaired driving offenses.
"Annually our firefighters respond to horrendous accidents, too many times caused by drivers whose impairment has contributed to death and injuries," said Doug Hamer, chief of Riverview Fire and Rescue. "We hope that the Province of New Brunswick's efforts to remove impaired drivers from our roadways will continue to make drinking and driving socially unacceptable."
Burke reminded New Brunswickers of the dangers and consequences of impaired driving.
"Every year, more than 1,000 New Brunswickers are convicted of impaired driving, and we see far too many deaths and injuries as the result of a clearly preventable action," said Burke. "It is for this reason that we introduced tougher measures against impaired driving, and launched a public awareness campaign reminding New Brunswickers that drinking and driving don't add up."
For more information on Be...safe and sound, a social marketing campaign designed to change attitudes and behaviours related to road safety, visit www.gnb.ca/besafe.
MEDIA CONTACT: Elaine Bell, Office of the Attorney General, 506-453-6543.