(1:45 p.m.)In June, citizens and HRM Partners in Policing joined forces to continue the fight against drinking and driving.
Throughout June, police charged 48 people - 39 men and nine women, ranging in age from 17 to 65 - with impaired driving. Of these incidents, 27 were identified by police during their patrols, seven were identified after a collision had occurred and 14 were called-in by concerned citizens. Officers issued an additional 15 seven-day suspensions to people having a blood alcohol level between 50-80 milligrams of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood (mg%).
Of the 48 cases, 42 involved drivers impaired by alcohol while three involved drug impairment. Three people would not provide a breath sample and were charged with the offence of refusal.
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.