FREDERICTON - The CEO of Mothers Against Drunk Driving Canada says young people "are going to die" if the New Brunswick government eliminates an overnight restriction for new drivers.

Andrew Murie says the change proposed by the Alward government is "dumb" and contrary to expert advice.

Public Safety Minister Robert Trevors introduced legislation last week that would remove a restriction preventing novice motorists from driving between midnight and 5 a.m.

Trevors says it is an inconvenience for young drivers especially in rural areas, but he could not produce any research to show safety would be affected.

But Former Liberal premier Shawn Graham made a rare speech in the legislature today, saying half of all teenaged motor vehicle deaths occur between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m.

He says the Tory government needs to do the right thing and withdraw the legislation.

Steve McCall, president of the Atlantic branch of the Canadian Automobile Association, says the proposed change will put young drivers and other motorists at risk.