Fewer arrests for driving while under the influence; more warnings given. Are people getting the message?

News 100 blueBy Staff

January 5th, 2016

BURLINGTON, ON

Halton Regional Police take impaired driving very seriously.

Impaired driving by both alcohol and drug is a costly risk many drivers continue to take. Officers take an aggressive approach to combat impaired driving throughout the year and work in close partnership with M.A.D.D. Halton Region Chapter to Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere.

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Police doing RIDE checks. Arrests were lower this year.

In the month of December, during the busy festive holiday season, impaired driving education and enforcement was increased in an effort to keep our roads and our communities safe.

Throughout the Halton Region, 31 impaired driving arrests were made in December 2015, a number down 45% from the previous year which resulted in 56 impaired driving arrests.

With just over 15,000 vehicles checked through our RIDE stops, there were 46 three-day suspensions issued, which is a result of blowing a “warn” on the alcohol screening device. This is a 65% increase from 28 in 2014.

Impaired driving arrests are down; people driving within the warning range are up. Are people getting the message?

The Regional Police did not provide a breakdown of the charges that were laid in each municipality.

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