moved for leave to introduce Bill C-301, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (blood alcohol).
Mr. Speaker, I rise today to table a private member's bill that is long overdue in Canada.
MADD Canada estimates that just under four Canadians are killed each day and just under 190 Canadians are injured each day due to crashes involving alcohol or drugs. Approximately 75,000 Canadians are impacted by impaired drivers annually, and there are an estimated 12.5 million trips of impaired driving each year in Canada.
As such, this private member's bill calls on the government to amend the Criminal Code to reduce the legal limit of alcohol permitted in the blood while operating a motor vehicle from 80 milligrams or 0.08% to 50 milligrams, or 0.05%.
(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed)