Last night, members of the Niagara Regional Police Services Traffic Enforcement Unit conducted sobriety spot checks at various locations in Welland and St. Catharines.


Throughout the course of the evening about 450 vehicles were stopped and drivers were questioned about alcohol and drug use use prior to the operation of their motor vehicles.

As a result, 11 drivers were asked to provide a sample of their breath for analysis.  2 of these drivers were issued a 3 day licence suspension for driving with more than 50 mgs of alcohol in their system.

2 additional drivers were arrested throughout the evening, the first for possession of a controlled substance and the second for driving while suspended.

In addition to the alcohol and drug related incidents, officers issued 14 provincial offence notices for various Highway Traffic Act violations ranging from; driving with no licence, driving with no insurances, driving with an expired permit, and failing to stop for a red light.

In an effort to reduce the number of personal injuries and deaths on our roadways, 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.

Motorists need to remember they are required by law to 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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