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Starting Monday, Sept. 20, Canada’s toughest impaired driving law and new penalties for excessive speeders will come into effect.

Changes to the Motor Vehicle Act introduced last spring mean drivers impaired by alcohol will face swift penalties that may take away their vehicle, their licence, and cost them anywhere from $600 to about $4,060 in administrative penalties.

Motorists caught speeding excessively – driving 40 km/h over the posted speed limit – will have their vehicle impounded for seven days and face escalating penalties for repeat offences.

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Data shows the incidence of impaired driving is on the rise in B.C., killing 133 people and causing more than 3,000 injuries on average, every year.

As for excessive speeders, the Insurance Corporation of B.C. states police catch about 10,000 of them a year. Speeding is also the number-one contributing factor to motor vehicle fatalities.

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