RCMP/Halifax Regional Police charged 56 drivers with Impaired Operation of a Motor Vehicle in March 2014. An additional 25 drivers were issued driving suspensions for operating a motor vehicle having consumed alcohol. Of these drivers, 73 were male, 11 were female, and ages ranged from 19 to 66 years of age. Eleven drivers were identified at motor vehicle collisions and 44 drivers were detected at traffic stops (calls from the public accounted for 32 of the traffic stops). Another 26 drivers were found impaired at checkpoints.
Officers were able to detect and charge persons at a wide range of BAC's from 90-280 mg%. Twelve of the charged persons were more than two times the legal limit of 80 milligrams of alcohol per 100 ml of blood and four drivers were more than three times the legal limit of 80 milligrams of alcohol per 100 ml of blood. Six of the impaired drivers refused to provide samples and were charged with the offence of refusal. Two of the charged persons were impaired by drugs.
HRM Partners in Policing encourage citizens to keep our roads safe by calling 911 if you believe someone is driving while impaired. Members of the public alerted police to 24 possible impaired drivers.