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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