New Law Restricts Young Drivers

It all started in Muskoka, at the beginning of the summer. On July 3, 2008 Tyler Mulcahy, age 20, his girlfriend Nastasia Inez Elzinga, 19, and buddies Kourosh Totonchian, 19, and Cory Mintz, 20, were eating and drinking at the Water's Edge restaurant at the Lake Joseph Club in Port Carling. After consuming 31 beverages in three hours, the friends left in Mulcahy's Audi, which he was driving when he lost control and crashed in the Joseph River. Only Elzinga survived.

Right after that tragic event, Tim Mulcahy spent his own money on a very public crusade to introduce tough new teen drinking and driving laws. Today he succeeded.

In a phone conversation with Dalton McGuinty, Tim Mulcahy remarked that with these new laws, Ontario will have the safest roads in the world. But if you are between the ages of 16 and 21, they will also be the most restrictive.

The new laws would have police enforce:

  1. A total ban on alcohol consumption
  2. A ban on more than one teenage passenger
  3. Zero tolerance for speeders Ė one ticket and they're off the road.

CSR expert storyteller Billie Mintz, an innovator in new media formats, is currently in production on a new project that investigates the distribution of the responsible drinking message. He wants to hear what you think about McGuinty's proposed new laws?

The Message in a Bottle is a 12 part web video series which analyzes the responsibility everyone shares regarding the advertising, sales, purchase and consumption of alcohol.

The world is changing; Ontario is becoming a safer place, but are we sacrificing freedom for safety?

Itís human nature to want to place blame, and pinpoint a problem, but who is to blame for each summerís tragic drinking and driving deaths?

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How old are you? Where do you live? What do you think of McGuinty's proposed tough new legislation restricting young drivers?