In May, citizens and HRM Partners in Policing joined forces to continue the fight against drinking and driving.
Throughout the month, police charged 63 people - 45 men and 18 women, ranging in age from 15 to 61 - with impaired driving. Of these incidents, 34 were identified by police during their patrols, 10 were identified after a collision had occurred and 19 were called-in by concerned citizens. Officers issued an additional 16 seven-day suspensions and two 15-day suspensions to people having a blood alcohol level between 50-80 milligrams of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood (mg%).
Of the 63 cases, 60 involved drivers impaired by alcohol while three involved impairment by drugs. Nine of the people charged refused to provide a breath sample and were charged with the offense of refusal. The breath samples obtained ranged from 90-310 mg%.
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.