On Saturday, December 9th, 2017 members of the Niagara Regional Police Services Traffic Enforcement Unit, in cooperation with members from various Uniform Patrol Units conducted sobriety spot checks in the Township of West Lincoln and the City of St. Catharines.
Throughout the course of the evening and early morning hours, over 580 vehicles were stopped between both checkpoint locations and drivers were questioned with regards to alcohol consumption and drug use prior to the operation of their motor vehicles.
As a result, 14 drivers were asked to provide a sample of their breath for an analysis. 2 of these drivers were issued a 3 day suspension for driving with more than 50 mgs of alcohol in their system. 1 driver provided a breath sample that was over the legally allowable limit and was arrested and charged criminally for Driving a Motor Vehicle with a Blood Alcohol Level in Excess 80 mgs.
In addition to the alcohol and drug related incidents officers issued an additional 6 provincial offence notices for various Highway Traffic Act and Liquor Licence Act violations.
In an effort to combat alcohol and drug impaired driving and to reduce the number of roadway deaths on our highways, the Niagara Regional Police Service would like to remind everyone, to drink responsibly and have a plan to arrive home safely. Consider having a designated driver, calling for a taxi or using public transit.
This initiative has been made possible, in part, as a result of grant funding from the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services as part of their Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere (R.I.D.E) program.