Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Saskatchewan Changing Auto Insurance to Allow Lawsuits against Drunk Drivers

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Saskatchewan Changing Auto Insurance to Allow Lawsuits against Drunk Drivers

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Changes coming to auto insurance in Saskatchewan

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REGINA - A new bill is being introduced in Saskatchewan to give families of those killed by a drunk driver the chance to file a lawsuit.

Don McMorris, the minister responsible for Saskatchewan Government Insurance, brought in the bill on Tuesday.

It includes 20 amendments to Automobile Accident Insurance Act.

Crimes triggering a lawsuit will now be expanded to include criminal negligence causing death or bodily harm, criminal negligence causing bodily injury, street racing, or flight from police.

These changes will impact those with no fault, reduced no fault or tort insurance coverage.

The law is expected to be passed during the fall session and come into effect Jan. 1.

Two previously promised recommendations will not become law this year because McMorris says the costs are too high right now. …

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