On Saturday, March 31st, members of the Niagara Regional Police Services Traffic Enforcement Unit, in cooperation with members from various Uniform Patrol Units conducted sobriety spot checks at various locations in the City of Niagara Falls, Ontario.
Throughout the course of the evening and early morning hours, police say over 590 vehicles were stopped and drivers were questioned with regards to alcohol consumption and drug use prior to the operation of their motor vehicles.
As a result, 3 drivers were asked to provide a sample of their breath for analysis. 1 of these drivers was issued a 3 day licence suspension for driving with more than 50 mgs of alcohol in their system.
Another driver was arrested for ‘Impaired Operation of a Motor Vehicle’ after failing to stop at the checkpoint when directed to do so, and was further charged with ‘Driving a Motor Vehicle with a Blood Alcohol Level in Excess 80 mgs’, after providing breath samples that were nearly 2 times the legally allowable limit.
In addition to the alcohol and drug related incidents, officers arrested 2 individuals for driving while suspended and issued an 6 provincial offence notices for various Highway Traffic 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.
Police would also like to remind motorists, that they are required too slow down and proceed cautiously when approaching a R.I.D.E. checkpoint or any emergency vehicle stopped on the roadway.
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.
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