11/22/2012 08:01 EST | Updated 01/22/2013 05:12 EST

Prince Edward Island introduces tougher measures aimed at reducing drunk driving

CHARLOTTETOWN - The government of Prince Edward Island has introduced tougher penalties intended to discourage drunk driving.

The amendments would require first-time offenders to participate in the ignition interlock program.

The changes would also result in longer vehicle impoundments for people convicted of Criminal Code offences causing bodily harm or death.

Transportation Minister Robert Vessey says his department will continue to review legislation aimed at reducing cases of impaired driving.