About the Program
New Brunswick

Alcohol-related crashes


2006 - 30
2007 - 35
2008 - 26
2009 - 26
2010 - 40

Drivers in serious injury alcohol-related crashes

2006 - 89
2007 - 85
2008 - 78
2009 - 80
2010 – 85 

Blood alcohol concentration limits

Motor Vehicle Act, R.S.N.B., c. M-17, s. 310


Criminal BAC limit: 0.08%
Administrative BAC limit: 0.05%
GDL and drivers under 21 years: 0.00%

Provincial administrative licence suspension
1st offence: 1 year. 2nd offence: 3 years. 3rd+ offence: 5 years.
Remedial program

New Brunswick has two different remedial programs for individuals convicted of impaired driving. Both of these programs are focused on preventing recidivism by assisting offenders in making lifestyle changes and their completion is a requirement of licence reinstatement.

The Auto Control program is designed for first offenders and includes an assessment as well as education. The program is run in a group format with up to 18 participants and costs approximately $235. It involves an alcohol risk assessment and a two day course which covers topics such as the effect of alcohol on the body and behaviour, the consequences/costs associated with impaired driving, and how to avoid impaired driving.

The Auto Control Plus program is designed for repeat offenders and covers the same topics as the Auto Control program. It also focuses on teaching techniques for behaviour modification and self-management in an effort to address the underlying dependency issues that lead to impaired driving. This program is unique in that it involves family members in the process so that offenders can see how their alcohol consumption negatively impacts those around them. At the conclusion of the program, all participants will attend a victim impact panel and the hope is that the offender will seek additional treatment for their alcohol dependency issues. The cost for this week-long program is approximately $480.

Upon successful completion of the assigned program, the Department of Public Safety will be notified and the offender will be eligible for full licence reinstatement assuming that they have met all reinstatement criteria.
Alcohol interlock program
Program authority
Department of Public Safety

Non-mandatory; Offenders can reduce the prohibition period and qualify for program entry if:

  • the court ordered minimum mandatory prohibition period has been served;
  • all other outstanding fines have been paid; and,
  • the Auto Control education program has been completed.
Length of participation

1st offence: 9 months
2nd offence: 30 months
3rd or subsequent offence: 48 months

Monitoring agency
Department of Public Safety in conjunction with the alcohol interlock service providers.
Sanctions for non-compliance
Violations can lead to removal from the program, fines, or an extension of program participation.

New Brunswick Department of Transportation and InfrastructureReception: (506) 453-3939 
Fax : (506) 453-2900 
Email : Transportation.Web@gnb.ca 

Last updated February 2014


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