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Impaired drivers in Manitoba will be denied third-party liability coverage starting August 1, 2023. This means that if an impaired driver causes damage to another vehicle or property, they will be responsible for covering the costs. This is a new deterrent to impaired driving in Manitoba, and it is expected to help keep our roads safe.

To enhance road safety and hold impaired drivers accountable, Manitoba introduces a significant change in third-party liability coverage. Starting August 1, 2023, impaired drivers involved in collisions will not receive liability coverage, making them financially responsible for damages caused to others. This measure aims to deter driving under the influence and strengthens Manitoba’s stance on impaired driving.

Manitoba Justice Minister Kelvin Goertzen emphasizes that the government aims to make impaired drivers fully responsible for their actions. Under the new rules, MPI will initially cover damages caused by impaired drivers but seek repayment from them later. All motor vehicles, including off-road vehicles, are subject to these changes.

Outside Manitoba, impaired drivers causing damage will face the laws of the jurisdiction they’re in, potentially covering all costs, including bodily injuries. Impaired driving can have severe consequences beyond provincial boundaries.

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Outside Manitoba, impaired drivers causing damage will face the laws of the jurisdiction they’re in, potentially covering all costs, including bodily injuries. Impaired driving can have severe consequences beyond provincial boundaries.

In Manitoba, impaired driving contributes to one in four road fatalities annually and around 26 deaths per year on average. Urgent action is needed to make roads safer for everyone.

As summer travel begins, MPI recommends these top five tips for road safety:

  • Never drive impaired by alcohol or drugs.
  • Avoid texting and driving.
  • Adhere to speed limits and avoid reckless speeding.
  • Always wear your seatbelt.
  • Exercise caution in construction zones and follow traffic guidelines.

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