Sep 05, 2014 - IMPAIRED DRIVING REMAINS A PROBLEM

RCMP and MADD representatives hold an information checkstop recently in Oxford. Friday was National Impaired Driving Enforcement Day and RCMP were holding co-ordinated checkpoints across the province. Since Jan. 1, RCMP have arrested 969 people for impaired driving and related offences

As much as gains are being made against impaired driving, there are still too many people getting behind the wheel after drinking alcohol or using drugs, says Const. Travise Dow of the Cumberland RCMP.

Friday was the fourth National Impaired Driving Enforcement Day and RCMP across Nova Scotia were undertaking a series of co-ordinated checkpoints focused on impaired drivers as well as distracted drivers – the top two causes of serious injury and fatalities on the province’s highways.

“We’re still too much of it,” Dow said. “Just one night recently I arrested two impaired drivers. We need to remain vigilant and to continue spreading the message about impaired driving.”

Since Jan. 1, RCMP in Nova Scotia have apprehended 969 people for impaired driving and related incidents. Insp. Berni Chapman, officer in charge of RCMP Traffic Services, said 591 were charged with impaired driving by alcohol, 58 were impaired by drugs and 378 administrative suspensions were issued in which a driver loses his or her licence for between seven and 30 days for being over the legal limit for impairment.

“We are no proud of these numbers because it means more than 950 people chose to get behind the wheel and put their lives and the lives of others in danger,” Chapman said in a press release.

Chapman said police officers have heard many excuses for impaired driving, but they have also seen the consequences up close in damaged and ruined lives and injuries and death.

“I can tell you that no excuse makes it easier for an impaired driver to live with the fact they killed innocent people,” Chapman added.

Dow said RCMP, like municipal policing agencies such as those in Amherst and Springhill, have adopted a zero tolerance toward impaired driving and have partnered with organizations such as Mothers Against Drunk Driving and the media to get the message out there.

“Work is continuous to raise awareness of zero tolerance,” Dow said. “Every day new people sign up with new licences. They’re 16, 17, 18 and 19 and some days they make dangerous and destructive decisions to get behind the wheel after having a drink. We need to continue these awareness campaigns out there to prevent that from happening.”

People who spot a suspected impaired driver are asked to call 911 and report the vehicle’s location, description of the driver and/or the vehicle and licence plate information. This increases the likelihood of police locating the driver.

Source: Cumberland News Now


 

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