The Niagara Region Police Service say this weekend they saw an increase in arrests for impaired drivers. Between the hours of 1:48 a.m. on Sunday  January 25th  and Monday January 26th, 6 people were arrested for operating their motor vehicle on Niagara’s roadways while consuming over 80mg of alcohol.

Early Sunday morning at 1:48 a.m. police say they responded to a male driver who collided with a parked vehicle on Winterberry Boulevard in Thorold. The male failed to remain at the scene of the accident by driving his vehicle away.  He was arrested a short distance away and provided breath samples registering double the legal limit of 80mgs of alcohol.

The second arrest occurred in Fort Erie 1 hour later .  Police observed a  driver stopped in the middle of the roadway and learned  that he had been following around other vehicles unknown  to him. Investigation lead to the driver’s arrest who provided breath samples registering nearly 1.5 times the legal limit of 80 mgs.

Police made their third arrest in Niagara Falls at approx. 2:15 a.m. when officers learned a  male driver was operating his vehicle in an erratic manner through a subdivision. The driver lost control of his vehicle mounted a curb and struck an ornamental rock on the front lawn of a residence.  Police arrived before the driver could succeed in dislodging his vehicle from the rock to escape. The male provided breath samples that registered double the legal limit of 80mgs

The fourth arrest of the evening occurred in St.Catharines  on Ontario Street. Police observed a vehicle swerving side to side in its marked lane as it nearly collided with the police cruiser. The driver was unable to provide his driving documents on demand including his driver’s licence.  Police demanded the driver provide breath samples, however he refused. He was charged criminally with refusing to provide a breath sample.

On Monday January 26th at 2:19 a.m. police arrested a male driver on Glendale Avenue St. Catharines after he failed  to stop at an intersection. The male provided breath samples registering nearly 4 times the legal limit of 80mgs

Police made their second arrest of the evening in Thorold. A witness called police to report a single motor vehicle accident in a ditch and the driver unconscious.  The driver was found to be uninjured and was transported to the police station for the purposes of his breath samples.  The drivers samples registered twice the legal limit of 80mgs of alcohol.

Impaired driving remains the number one criminal cause of death and the Niagara Regional Police remain committed to removing impaired drivers from the roadways of Niagara and keeping our roadways safe. Police ask for the assistance of the public in our efforts by calling police when seeing a possible impaired driver, stopping friends or family members who have been drinking from driving, and planning ahead when attending social events involving alcohol. Your actions can help save lives. Please don’t drink and drive.

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