December 13, 2010, Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM)… Members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police were busy with impaired drivers as they continued the "Operation Christmas" checkpoint campaign.
There were fourteen incidents involving impaired drivers. Most of the impaired drivers were found during police-conducted checkpoints. There were also several incidents where police stopped vehicles believed to be driven by impaired drivers.
On December 11, 2010, a 28 year-old male driver attempted to avoid a police checkpoint. Police stopped the vehicle and found the driver to be impaired.
On December 12, 2010, 7:30 AM, a 23-year-old male driver collided with the concrete median on Highway 101. When police attended, they found the driver to be impaired.
Overall , there were six people charged for impaired driving. Two people were charged for failing or refusing to comply with a breath demand. Three drivers were issued 90 day suspensions, and three drivers were issued seven day driving suspensions.
HRM Partners in Policing would like to remind people:
If you are planning to attend a holiday celebration, do not drink and drive. Have a plan to get home safely.
Encourage guests to name a designated driver or leave their vehicles at home and use a driving service like Operation Red Nose.
If the person insists on driving after drinking, call the police.
Remember the Blood Alcohol Count (BAC) is now 0.05 and police are diligent about taking action against impaired driving.
Keeping our roads safe is everyone's responsibility, even during the Holiday Season!