Throughout October, police charged 84 people – 69 men and 15 women, ranging in age from 16 to 67 – with impaired driving. Of these incidents, 45 were identified by police during their patrols, 16 were identified after a collision had occurred and 23 were called-in by concerned citizens.
In seven cases the driver refused to provide a breath sample and in three other cases the person was charged for being impaired by drugs. In two cases the blood alcohol readings exceeded 300 milligrams of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood (mg%) which is more then three times the legal limit of 80 mg%. Officers also issued an additional 19 seven-day suspensions to people having a blood alcohol level between 50-80 mg%.
Driving while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs puts everyone in danger. In December 2009, MADD Canada and the Province of Nova Scotia launched Campaign 911 which encourages people to call police with information on suspected impaired drivers. HRM Partners in Policing continue to be encouraged by the number of citizens helping to play a role in community safety. If you have information on a drunk driver, please call 911.