Quebec moves to curb drunk-driving

Legal blood-alcohol limit to be reduced to 0.05 per cent

Quebeckers will soon facetougher restrictions on how much they can drink before getting behind the wheel. In response to a Quebec Road Safety Task Force report released yesterday, Quebec Transport Minister Julie Boulet says the province will lower the legal blood-alcohol limit from 0.08 per cent to 0.05 per cent, bringing Quebec in line with other provinces. Those who exceed the limit will have their licenses revoked for 24 hours, but won’t face fines or lost points. Drivers under 22 won’t be allowed to have any alcohol in their systems. The announcement is timely: seven people under 25 died in car accidents over the weekend. According to Boulet, alcohol is a factor in half of fatal accidents involving drivers aged 20 and 21.


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