Police in Nova Scotia charged 55 motorists with impaired driving during the month of June. That's down from May, when 76 drivers were charged with similar offences.
Of the 55 drivers apprehended in June, 50 were charged with impaired operation of a motor vehicle by alcohol and five with impaired operation of a motor vehicle by drug. Another 17 were issued driving suspensions for operating a motor vehicle after consuming alcohol.
Halifax District RCMP and Halifax Regional Police provided a detailed breakdown of June statistics in a recent news release.
Of the 50 impaired drivers apprehended, 36 were male, 14 were female and their ages ranged from 20 to 68. Of the 17 drivers suspended, 15 were male, two were female and their ages ranged from 20 to 71.
Throughout the month, police received 33 calls from the public through 911 about suspected impaired drivers. Of all impaired driving charges laid, 27 — essentially half — were a direct result of calls from the public.
Ten impaired drivers were identified via checkpoints and 28 via traffic stops. As for suspended drivers, six were identified via checkpoints and 11 via traffic stops.
Of the 33 drivers who provided breath samples, officers were able to detect and charge at a wide range of blood-alcohol content from 90 to 290 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood. The legal limit is 80 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood.
Of the breath samples provided, 15 registered in the 80 to 159 mg range, 17 were in the 160 to 239 mg range (more than twice the legal limit) and three were in the 240 to 319 mg range (more than three times the legal limit).
A dozen suspects refused to provide a breath sample, a drug recognition expert was required in five cases and a blood sample was obtained in two cases.
Here's how to spot an impaired driver:
- Driving unreasonably fast, slow or at an inconsistent speed
- Drifting in and out of lanes
- Tailgating and changing lanes frequently
- Making exceptionally wide turns
- Changing lanes or passing without sufficient clearance
- Overshooting or stopping well before stop signs or stop lights
- Disregarding signals and lights
- Approaching signals or leaving intersections too quickly or slowly
- Driving without headlights, failing to lower high beams or leaving turn signals on
- Driving with windows open in cold or inclement weather
Here’s what you should do if you observe a potentially impaired driver: call 911, state your location and provide
- A description of the vehicle, including the licence plate number, colour, make and model
- The direction of travel for the vehicle
- A description of the driver