Halifax Regional Police charged 33 drivers with impaired related offences during the month of April.
Of the 33 drivers, 21 were charged with impaired operation of a conveyance by alcohol, five were charged with impaired operation of a conveyance by a drug and seven drivers were issued a driving suspension for operating a conveyance while having consumed alcohol. Of the drivers who provided breath samples, officers were able to detect a wide range of blood alcohol concentrations (80 to 240 mg %) with eight drivers being at least twice the legal limit. Nine of the drivers refused to provide a breath sample and were charged with the offence of refusal.
Of the 33 drivers charged, 18 came from calls from people who suspected impaired drivers. We thank the public for reporting suspect impaired drivers and encourage anyone to call 911 immediately if they 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
If you see a potential impaired driver, call 911 immediately and give the call taker your location along with a description of the vehicle, including the licence plate number, colour, make and model, the direction of travel for the vehicle and a description of the driver.