Partners in Policing release impaired driving statistics for March 2017

Published Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Partners in Policing release impaired driving statistics for March 2017

Halifax District RCMP and Halifax Regional Police – Partners in Policing – charged 74 drivers with impaired related offences during the month of March. Of the 74 drivers, 46 were charged with Impaired Operation of a Motor Vehicle by Alcohol, 8 were 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 46 impaired drivers apprehended, 42 were male, 4 were female and ages ranged from 19-63. Of the 20 drivers suspended, 17 were male, 3 were female and ages ranged from 14-63.

Throughout the month, police received 36 calls from the public through 911 about suspected impaired drivers. Of all impaired drivers charged, 23 were a direct result of calls from the public.

Impaired drivers identified via:         

Checkpoints       1
Traffic stops      25

Suspended drivers identified via:      

Checkpoints       2
Traffic stops      11

Of the 36 drivers who provided breath samples, officers were able to detect and charge at a wide range of blood alcohol content from 90-300 mg %. 

Breath sample provided:       

80 mg % to 159 %  21
160 mg % to 239 mg % (more than 2 times legal limit) 11
240 mg % to 319 mg % (more than 3 times legal limit) 4
320 mg % and up (more than 4 times legal limit) 0

Of those who did not provide a breath sample:        

Refuse breath demand    14
Drug Recognition Expert required 8

Blood sample obtained    1

Total    59

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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