Halifax District RCMP and Halifax Regional Police charged 77 drivers with impaired related offences during the month of March. Of the 77 drivers, 59 were charged with Impaired Operation of a Motor Vehicle by Alcohol, 4 were charged with Impaired Operation of a Motor Vehicle by Drug and 14 were issued driving suspensions for operating a motor vehicle while having consumed alcohol.
Of the 63 impaired drivers apprehended, 44 were male, 19 were female and ages ranged from 19–67. Of the 14 drivers suspended, 11 were male, 3 were female and ages ranged from 20–61.
Throughout the month, police received 33 calls from the public through 911 about suspected impaired drivers. Of all impaired drivers charged, 29 were a direct result of calls from the public.
Possible signs of an impaired driver:
- Weaving from one side of lane to the other
- Taking extremely wide turns
- Inconsistent speeds
- Driving without headlights, failing to lower high beams or leaving turn signals on
- Driving with windows open in cold or inclement weather
- Approaching or leaving intersections too quickly or slowly
Call 911 immediately if you suspect someone is driving impaired:
- State your location and direction of travel for the vehicle.
- Provide adescription of the vehicle, including the license plate number, color, make and model
Source: Media Release