The OPP say some drivers still aren’t getting the message about drinking and driving.

In the first three weeks of 2015, OPP have laid 29 impaired driving charges in the GTA, and 53 tagged as stunt driving.

“So far we’ve seen quite an increase in the number of impaired and alcohol-related charges, when you compare this year over the last year,” explains OPP Sgt. Kerry Schmidt.

OPP Sgt. Kerry Schmidt says the force continues to run RIDE checks all through the year.

“We step up the awareness through the festive season but people need to be aware that we are doing it 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 12 months of the year,” he said.

The most recent incident, Friday, when OPP responded to a tow truck driving erratically on Highway 9, near Highway 400.

The 42-year-old male driver from Orangeville was charged with Impaired Driving.

OPP say the charges are very serious and the consequences can be fatal.
Schmidt says so far this year, two people have died in alcohol-related crashes on the province’s highways, compared to none during the same time period in 2014.

In the first three weeks of the 2015 the OPP HSD have laid:

29 charges of Impaired Driving – sec 253(1)(a) Criminal Code

37 charges of over 80mg/alc 100 ml/blood – sec 253(1)(b) Criminal Code

9 charges of Disqualified driving – sec 259(4) Criminal Code

8 charges of Dangerous driving – sec 249(1)(a) Criminal Code

7 charges of Refusing to provide a breath sample sec 254(3) Criminal Code

8 Warn range suspensions

53 charges of stunt driving sec 172(1) Highway Traffic Act.

These charges are very serious and the consequences to these drivers or other motorists can be deadly. We need all motorists to assist the police in road safety, if you observe a dangerous or suspected impaired driver, call 911.

Anyone who spots a dangerous driver is being encouraged to call 911.

Source: eCanadaNow




Last updated on: 2015-01-30 | Link to this post