Police in Nova Scotia marked Canada Road Safety Week (May 12-18) as part of a national campaign aimed at making Canada’s roads the safest in the world.
During the week, May 16th also marked National Impaired Driving Enforcement Day which saw an increased presence of police on our roadways targeting impaired drivers.
Over the course of seven days, RCMP across Nova Scotia made contact with over 15,300 drivers at check points and vehicle stops. As a result, RCMP intercepted 36 impaired drivers, 30 impaired by alcohol and six impaired by drugs. In addition, 25 provincial roadside alcohol suspensions were issued. RCMP laid an additional 1,434 charges under the Motor Vehicle Act; 969 directly related to aggressive driving, not wearing a seatbelt and distracted driving.
On National Impaired Driving Enforcement Day, Nova Scotia RCMP intercepted 10 impaired drivers and issued 12 provincial driving suspensions (these numbers are included in those reported above for Canada Road Safety Week).
‘We want to thank the public for their assistance and patience during these important road safety initiatives,’ says Cst. Mark Skinner, Nova Scotia RCMP Traffic Services. ‘Unfortunately we are still seeing people choose to get behind the wheel engaging in dangerous driving behavior so we will continue to be out in full force year-round to maintain the safety of our roads.’
The RCMP would like also like to remind citizens to call 911 if you believe someone is driving while impaired.