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15-Apr-2019

Impaired driving charges up 50% this year


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FROM AN APRIL 11 GREY COUNTY OPP PRESS RELEASE — Between the dates of January 1 and April 11, 2019 members of Grey County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) and Bruce Peninsula OPP have charged 34 drivers with impaired driving offences. In 2018, within the same time frame, officers charged 23 drivers with the same offences. That is a 50 percent increase over the previous year.

From April 6 to April 10, officers charged 3 drivers for impaired driving offences. These offences took place in Bruce and Grey County. All of the accused have upcoming court dates at Ontario Court of Justice in Owen Sound.

The increase of impaired driving offences is concerning.

Members of the public should be able to expect a certain level of safety when driving to work or driving on the road with their families. Motor vehicles require attentive driving to maintain control on our highways, especially during adverse weather conditions. Impairment greatly impacts the ability of drivers to concentrate, make good judgements and react quickly.

The OPP said in the press release, the responsibility that a driver has when operating a motor vehicle on Ontario highways is significant. The Ontario Provincial Police are committed to safety on the highways and our pursuit of those who choose to jeopardize that safety is unwavering. We will continue to actively educate the public as a whole on the life changing consequences of impaired driving and we will enforce the full measure of the law on those who choose that path.

If your blood alcohol level (BAC) is between 0.05 and 0.08 in Ontario you will face serious consequences and criminal charges.

 


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