In June, citizens and HRM Partners in Policing joined forces to continue the fight against drinking and driving.
Throughout June, police charged 60 people - 43 men and 17 women, ranging in age from 19 to 56 - with impaired driving. Of these incidents, 30 were identified by police during their patrols, nine were identified after a collision had occurred and 21 were called-in by concerned citizens. Officers issued an additional 20 seven-day suspensions to people having a blood alcohol level between 50-80 milligrams of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood (mg%).
Of the 60 cases where people were charged, 60 percent of the people had a blood alcohol concentration of more than twice the legal limit of 80 mg%. Seven people were charged with refusing to comply with a breath test demand and one person was charged with failing to comply with a demand to submit to a drug evaluation. One person was charged with being impaired by prescription drugs.
Driving while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs puts everyone in danger. In December 2009, MADD Canada and the Province of Nova Scotia launched Campaign 911 which encourages people to call police with information on suspected impaired drivers. HRM Partners in Policing continue to be encouraged by the number of citizens helping to play a role in community safety. If you have information on a drunk driver, please call 911.