Still too many drunk drivers
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.