Wednesday, January 6, 2016 12:45 pm ·  0 Comments
Halton Regional Police, like all police services, takes impaired driving very seriously. Impaired driving by both alcohol and drug is a costly risk many drivers continue to take. Officers take an aggressive approach to combat impaired driving throughout the year and work in close partnership with M.A.D.D. Halton Region Chapter to Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere.
In the month of December, during the busy festive holiday season, impaired driving education and enforcement is increased in efforts to keep our roads and our communities as safe as can be.
Throughout the Halton Region, 31 impaired driving arrests were made in December 2015, a number down 45% from the previous year which resulted in 56 impaired driving arrests.
With just over 15,000 vehicles checked through our RIDE stops, there were 46 three-day suspensions issued, which is a result of blowing a “warn” on the alcohol screening device. This is a 65% increase from 28 in 2014.
Impaired driving arrests are down; people driving within the warning range are up. Are people getting the message? One impaired driver on our roads is too many. Throughout the year, the Halton Regional Police will continue to educate the public about the dangers and consequences of impaired driving and will also be conducting RIDE spot checks to enforce those who make the wrong decision.
Thank you to our citizens who called 9-1-1 to report suspicious impaired driving activity. We are all responsible for keeping our roads safe. Thank you to everyone who planned a ride, used a designated driver, or simply made the right decision at the end of the night. Thank you to all our sober drivers for leading by example.
Make 2016 your safest driving year yet!