Still too many drunk driv­ers

The Glengarry News - - Front Page -

Some driv­ers still don't un­der­stand the dangers of get­ting be­hind the wheel while im­paired by al­co­hol or drugs.

Seven mo­torists were charged by Stor­mon­tDun­das-Glen­garry On­tario Pro­vin­cial Po­lice of­fi­cers dur­ing the most re­cent Fes­tive Re­duce Im­paired Driv­ing Ev­ery­where cam­paign. Six driv­ers were is­sued li­cence sus­pen­sions af­ter reg­is­ter­ing in the “warn­ing” range on ap­proved road­side test­ing de­vices dur­ing the cam­paign that was car­ried out from Novem­ber 23 to Jan­uary 2.

In the 2017-2018 drive, lo­cal of­fi­cers charged 15 mo­torists with im­paired driv­ing or fail­ing to pro­vide a breath sam­ple.

Dur­ing the 2015-2016 cam­paign, six driv­ers were charged.

The num­ber of mo­torists who had their li­cences sus­pended af­ter reg­is­ter­ing blood-al­co­hol lev­els in the “warn range” (between .05 and .08 mil­ligrams of al­co­hol per 100 millil­itres of blood) was also six in 2017-2018, com­pared to four dur­ing the 2016-2017 cam­paign.

On a re­gional level, dur­ing the most re­cent blitz, OPP con­sta­bles across eastern On­tario charged 97 driv­ers for be­ing im­paired by al­co­hol and eight with be­ing im­paired by drugs.

An ad­di­tional 68 driv­ers were is­sued li­cence sus­pen­sions af­ter reg­is­ter­ing in the “warn­ing” range on ap­proved road­side test­ing de­vices.

Of­fi­cers con­ducted over 2,700 Fes­tive RIDE pro­grams.

“One im­paired driver is too many,” said Chief Su­per­in­ten­dent Chris Harkins, Com­man­der of the OPP's East Re­gion. “It's very dis­ap­point­ing to see that so many peo­ple are mak­ing bad choices to drive af­ter con­sum­ing drugs or al­co­hol.”

While the Fes­tive RIDE pro­gram has wrapped up, of­fi­cers will con­tinue to con­duct RIDE pro­grams year-round and be on the look­out for im­paired driv­ers.

If you sus­pect a driver of be­ing im­paired, call 9-1-1 im­me­di­ately. You could be help­ing to save lives.

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