Public Safety

Government proposes enhancements to graduated licensing program (08/05/28)

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May 28, 2008

FREDERICTON (CNB) - Amendments to the Motor Vehicle Act will fulfil a throne speech commitment to improve the safety of new drivers by enhancing the graduated licensing program.

"Highway safety is a priority for our government," said Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General John W. Foran. "We have consulted with our stakeholders and are proposing a number of measures that will enable new drivers to be safe on New Brunswick roadways as they gain experience through the graduated licensing program."

The proposed amendments include provisions that require:

"The safety and security of New Brunswickers is key to achieving our province's goal of self-sufficiency," Foran said. "I am confident that these enhancements will further assist new drivers in developing the skills and good judgement necessary to operate a vehicle safely."

The Government of New Brunswick is committed to Road Safety Vision 2010, a strategy to reduce by 30 per cent the number of fatalities and serious injuries on our highways, and to make Canada's roads the safest in the world by 2010.

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MEDIA CONTACT: Chrystiane Mallaley, media relations, Public Safety, 506-444-5267.

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