In April, citizens and HRM Partners in Policing joined forces to continue the fight against drinking and driving.
Throughout April, police charged 51 people – 35 men and 16 women, ranging in age from 18 to 61 – with impaired driving offences. Of these incidents, 23 were identified by police during their patrols, 8 were identified after a collision had occurred and 20, or 39%, were called-in by concerned citizens. Of these 51 incidents, 14 involve suspensions (7 and 15 days) for having a blood alcohol level between 50-80 milligrams of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood (mg%).
The breath samples obtained from the drivers ranged from 80-430 mg%. Of the 51 cases, two involved drivers impaired by alcohol with readings that were more than twice the legal limit of 80 mg%, three had readings that were more than three times the legal limit, one had readings that were more than four times the legal limit and one female driver had readings that were more than five times the legal limit. Eight drivers refused to provide samples of their breath and were also charged with refusal. Six of these cases involved drug impairment.
Driving while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs puts everyone in danger. In December 2009, MADD Canada and the Province of Nova Scotia launched Campaign 911 which encourages people to call police with information on suspected impaired drivers. HRM Partners in Policing continue to be encouraged by the number of citizens helping to play a role in community safety. If you have information on a drunk driver, please call 911.