March 31st - Police see a 25% increase in impaired related charges in March
Since January 2022, the Ottawa Police Service is seeing impaired driving charges returning to pre-pandemic numbers.
A total of 146 impairment-related charges have been laid between January 1st, to March 30th, 2022. In March alone, there were 54 charges laid, as opposed to 43 in March 2021.
Nearly half of the drivers charged with impaired driving since January 2022 were involved in a collision. These numbers are a cause of concern for road safety for motorists and vulnerable road-users as we move into cycling season and the return of the eScooters downtown. On average, every 1.3 days, a collision happens as a result of an impaired driver. “Even a small amount of alcohol or drugs can impair the ability to operate a conveyance” says Sgt Troy Froats.
Another trend of concern to police is an increase of inexperienced drivers being investigated for impaired driving. Drivers with a graduated licence are not permitted to have alcohol in their system. Those who do are subject to fines and 3, 7 or 30 day driving suspensions for having a blood alcohol concentration above 0.
We want to remind drivers that impaired driving is not only criminal; it is dangerous. Make it a habit to plan a sober ride home.