Young drivers in Ontario will be looking at tougher rules soon. One of those rules involves getting caught for speeding — it will soon be one strike and you’re back to riding public transit.
New drivers under the age of 21 will soon be seeing a zero tolerance for drinking and driving. Any alcohol in the system means losing their driver’s license. That is if lawmakers pass new legislation on the docket tomorrow.
The new rules were brought in by Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and Tim Mulcahy. Mulcahy paid the ultimate price when his son Tyler Mulcahy crashed his car into the Joseph River. Tyler and three other young friends perished as a result of the drunk driving accident.
Introduced in 1994 Ontario has a graduated licensing system that takes young drivers two years to complete. After the full license has been issued young drivers have the same demerit point system as all other drivers.
Since his son’s death Mulcahy has lobbied tirelessly for tougher rules when it comes to young drivers.
The Star reports that his campaign has been heard by the government in the form of Ontario’s premier McGuinty.
“Mr. McGuinty called me this morning and told me that both laws are being introduced into the legislature on Tuesday,” Mulcahy wrote last week.
“I could not believe my ears and wept with Mr. McGuinty on the phone. If these bills are passed, Ontario will be the safest jurisdiction for young drivers in the world.”