Partners in Policing release impaired driving statistics for May 2016

Halifax District RCMP and Halifax Regional Police – Partners in Policing – charged 60 drivers with impaired related offences during the month of May. Of the 60 drivers, 39 were charged with Impaired Operation of a Motor Vehicle by Alcohol, 1 was charged with Impaired Operation of a Motor Vehicle by Drug and 20 were issued driving suspensions for operating a motor vehicle while having consumed alcohol.

Of the 39 impaired drivers apprehended, 29 were male, 10 were female and ages ranged from 19-75. Of the 20 drivers suspended, 16 were male, 4 were female and ages ranged from 17-75.

Throughout the month, police received 24 calls from the public through 911 about suspected impaired drivers.  Of all impaired drivers charged, 13 were a direct result of calls from the public.

Impaired drivers identified via:



Traffic stops


Suspended drivers identified via:



Traffic stops



Of the 29 drivers who provided breath samples, officers were able to detect and charge at a wide range of blood alcohol content from 90-370 mg %. 

Breath sample provided:

80 mg % to 159%


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


Drug Recognition Expert required


Blood sample obtained





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

·         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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