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Partners in Policing release impaired driving statistics for February

Halifax District RCMP and Halifax Regional Police – Partners in Policing – charged 61 drivers with impaired related offences during the month of February. Of the 61 drivers, 47 were charged with Impaired Operation of a Motor Vehicle by Alcohol, 7 were charged with Impaired Operation of a Motor Vehicle by Drug and 7 were issued driving suspensions for operating a motor vehicle while having consumed alcohol.

Of the 54 impaired drivers apprehended, 42 were male, 12 were female and ages ranged from 20-72. Of the 7 drivers suspended, 5 were male, 2 were female and ages ranged from 19-41.

Throughout the month, police received 22 calls from the public through 911 about suspected impaired drivers. Of all impaired drivers charged, 17 were a direct result of calls from the public.

Impaired drivers identified via:​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​

Checkpoints​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ 2

Traffic stops​ ​ ​ ​ ​ 25

Suspended drivers identified via:​ ​ ​ ​

Checkpoints​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ 1

Traffic stops​ ​ ​ ​ ​ 6

Breath sample provided:​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​

Of the 40 drivers who provided breath samples, officers were able to detect and charge at a wide range of blood alcohol content from 80-420 mg %.​

Of those who did not provide a breath sample:​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ 

Refuse breath demand​ ​ 7

Blood sample obtained​ ​ 6

Drug Recognition Expert required 8

Your Partners in Policing thank citizens for calling in suspected impaired drivers throughout the month.​ We encourage citizens to always call 911 immediately if you suspect someone is driving impaired. Here are some signs of an impaired driver:

  • ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​Driving unreasonably fast, slow or at an inconsistent speed
  • ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​Drifting in and out of lanes
  • ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​Tailgating and changing lanes frequently
  • ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​Making exceptionally wide turns
  • ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​Changing lanes or passing without sufficient clearance
  • ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​Overshooting or stopping well before stop signs or stop lights
  • ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​Disregarding signals and lights
  • ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​Approaching signals or leaving intersections too quickly or slowly
  • ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​Driving without headlights, failing to lower high beams or leaving turn signals on
  • ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​Driving with windows open in cold or inclement weather

Here’s what you should do if you observe a potential impaired driver:

  • ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​Call 911, state your location and provide:

o​ ​ A description of the vehicle, including the license plate number, color, make and model

o​ ​ The direction of travel for the vehicle

o​ ​ A description of the driver

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Source : Media Release

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