Halton Police have zero tolerance for impaired drivers

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Halton Police have zero tolerance for impaired drivers
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Sergeant Barry Malciw

Sergeant Barry Malciw

Sergeant Barry Malciw was the Media Relations Officer for the Halton Regional Police Services. He is a detective of the Halton Regional Police Oakville Criminal Investigations Bureau – Robbery Team.

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Only days after the launch of the province’s annual Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere (R.I.D.E.) Program, the Halton Regional Police Service (HRPS) reports that it continues to respond to impaired driving incidents in Oakville and throughout Halton Region.

“Impaired driving is a direct threat to the safety and well-being of all road users,” said Chief Stephen Tanner. “As such, we continue to take an aggressive, zero tolerance approach to dealing with it and strongly encourage members of the public to do the same.”

Signs of an impaired driver may include:

  1. A vehicle moving too fast, too slow or that fluctuates greatly in speed;
  2. A vehicle being driven erratically or that is not maintaining its lane;
  3. A vehicle whose driver blatantly disregards traffic signals or other rules of the road.

Following is an example of an impaired driving occurrence officers have processed in Oakville in recent days:

On November 27, 2016 a citizen contacted HRPS to report a suspected impaired driver. Responding officers located the vehicle in the drive through of an Oakville restaurant. The 25 year-old driver displayed numerous signs of impairment, and was transported to the station for a breath test which revealed a BAC (blood alcohol content) of close to double the legal limit. He faces charges of Impaired Driving – Over 80mgs, and his vehicle was impounded.

Members of the public are reminded that driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol is a crime in progress and to call 9-1-1 immediately to report a suspected impaired driver. The Service’s Twitter and Facebook accounts should not be used for this purpose as they are not monitored 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

If possible and safe please provide the location of the vehicle and driver, the licence plate, model, make and colour of the vehicle. This information may just save someone’s life.



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