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The issue of impaired driving has changed from what it uses to be It has gone from just a problem of preventing it but also a problem on how to stop repeat offenders Recent stats have shown how the problem of driving under the influence has decreased but the new problem at hand is on how to stop repeat offenders The Ontario government has done some new changes by adding new laws to try to prevent this The way and if these laws works are what is in question and that is what must be proved To show this different types of stats government clippings and solutions will be explained and analyzed The problem at hand is the following In 1996 about one-quarter of the road fatalities in Ontario involved a drinking driver In addition to loss of life drinking drivers cost the province about two billion dollars a year for hospital stays rehabilitation and pain and suffering While the total number of alcohol-related suspensions has decreased from about 30000 in the late 1980s to less than 20000 in 1996 the proportion of suspensions issued to repeat offenders have risen considerably For example in 1988 53 per cent of suspensions were issued to repeat offenders By 1996 this number had risen to about 71 per cent To try and solve this problem the government of Ontario has created different solutions These solutions are to try to prevent repeat offenders Effective since September 30 1998 offenders will face a mandatory remedial measures program and convictions which will stay on the drivers record for 10 years up from the current five-period Repeat offenders will also receive increased suspension periods These measures originated in Ontarios Road Safety Plan and received Royal Assent in July 1997 as part of Bill 138 the Comprehensive Road Safety Act They include Remedial measures program increased suspension periods for repeat offenders and increasing the amount of time a drunk driving offence stays on
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