CHARLOTTETOWN - The government of Prince Edward Island is changing the penalties for chronic impaired drivers.
The Highway Traffic Act is being amended to increase the sentence using ignition interlock devices, among other things.
Under one of the changes, a driver would be sentenced to use the device for five years rather than the current penalty of two years if he is convicted of a second offence and his blood-alcohol content was above 0.16, which is twice the legal limit.
The device would be used for 10 years, up from five years, for a third and subsequent offences.
The government says it is making the changes because the proportion of second- and third-time offenders has increased slightly, even though impaired driving convictions have dropped over the past four years.
The province says the amendments would take effect July 7.