HRM Partners in Policing release impaired driving statistics from the month of January.
RCMP/Halifax Regional Police charged 42 drivers with Impaired Operation of a Motor Vehicle in January 2013. Of these drivers, 24 were male, 18 were female, and ages ranged from 16 to 66 years of age. Twelve of the drivers were identified by police at motor vehicle collisions. Officers continued to be vigilant and detected sixteen impaired drivers at traffic stops. Members of the public concerned for road safety alerted police to fourteen impaired drivers.
Officers were able to detect and charge people at a wide range of BAC's from 90-290 mg%. Eighteen of the charged people were more than two times the legal limit of 80 milligrams of alcohol per 100 ml of blood, and two others were more than three times the legal limit of 80 milligrams of alcohol per 100 ml of blood. Six of the charged people refused to provide samples and were charged with the offence of refusal.
An additional thirty-seven drivers were issued driving suspensions. The suspensions were made up of two 24-hour and thirty-three seven day suspensions. Two drivers were issued a 15 day suspension for their second offence.
HRM Partners in Policing encourage citizens to keep our roads safe by calling 911 if you believe someone is driving while impaired.