911 campaign urges members to be an extra set of eyes for police on the road in search for impaired drivers.

Crime 100By Staff

April 24th, 2017

BURLINGTON, ON

No sooner had Halton Regional Police Service (HRPS) and M.A.D.D. Halton put the final touches on #Campaign911 #MakeTheCall911, a program aimed at educating and empowering members of the public to report suspected impaired drivers, than the occurrences began.

The Traffic Services Unit reports that over the past 72 hours, 13 motorists were charged with driving under the influence of alcohol on Halton roadways. Six of these occurred in Oakville, six in Milton and Halton Hills, and one in Burlington.

#Campaign911 and #MakeTheCall911 was officially launched on Saturday morning.

“There are two sides to these figures,” said Sgt. Ryan Snow of the Traffic Services Unit. “While we are pleased to have removed so many threats to public safety from behind the wheel, there is still much work to be done.”

It is here that members of the public come into play.

“The fact of the matter is, we can’t be everywhere all of the time,” Sgt. Snow explains. “We rely on fellow motorists to be our extra sets of eyes and ears – to report suspected impaired drivers immediately by calling 9-1-1.”

Two of the 13 charges laid over the weekend came as a direct result of citizens who called police.

The Halton Regional Police Service reminds members of the public that impaired driving is a crime in progress. It occurs 24 hour, seven day a week and is not limited to weekend evenings which are usually associated with alcohol consumption. Impaired motorists may exhibit a variety of different behaviours, including driving too fast, too slow or fluctuating greatly in speed, driving erratically or not maintaining their lane, or blatantly disregarding traffic signals or other rules of the road.

For the latest on #Campaign911 #MakeTheCall911 follow @HaltonPolice on Twitter.

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