Partners in Policing release impaired driving statistics for July 2016

Halifax District RCMP and Halifax Regional Police – Partners in Policing – charged 125 drivers with impaired related offences during the month of July. Of the 125 drivers, 71 were charged with Impaired Operation of a Motor Vehicle by Alcohol, 4 were charged with Impaired Operation of a Motor Vehicle by Drug and 50 were issued driving suspensions for operating a motor vehicle while having consumed alcohol.

Of the 71 impaired drivers apprehended, 65 were male, 6 were female and ages ranged from 16-79.  Of the 50 drivers suspended, 45 were male, 5 were was female and ages ranged from 18-73.

Throughout the month, police received 42 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.

Impaired drivers identified via:               

Checkpoints       9
Traffic stops       36

Suspended drivers identified via:           

Checkpoints       11
Traffic stops       14

Of the 65 drivers who provided breath samples, officers were able to detect and charge at a wide range of blood alcohol content from 90-350 mg %. 

Breath sample provided:            

80 mg % to 159%              34
160 mg % to 239 mg % (more than 2 times legal limit)      
240 mg % to 319 mg % (more than 3 times legal limit)      
320 mg % and up (more than 4 times legal limit) 

Of those who did not provide a breath sample:

Refuse breath demand 4
Drug Recognition Expert required            
Blood sample obtained 2

Total      75

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
. Source: Media Release

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