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Sunday, September 22, 2019

OPP Disturbed By Rising Impaired Driving Numbers

Grey Bruce | by Claire McCormack  

Grey Bruce OPP report a 50 per cent increase in impaired drivers.

Grey Bruce OPP are calling an increase in impaired driving charges 'disturbing.'

Earlier this week, police arrested and charged a 41 year old Georgian Bluffs man who they say was three times over the legal limit for alcohol.  

OPP say he drove his truck into the ditch on Grey Road 170 near Side Road 15, Georgian Bluffs.

In April of this year, Grey Bruce OPP reported a 50 per cent increase in drivers charged with impaired driving throughout the detachment area, from the previous year.

From January 1, 2019 to September 19, 2019 Grey Bruce OPP officers have charged 114 drivers with impaired driving.

In 2018, for the same time period, 63 drivers were charged with the same offence. Police say that's a disturbing 81 per cent increase.

Grey Bruce OPP Detachment Commander, Inspector Martin Murray says, "This dangerous and destructive behaviour by some drivers is truly disturbing."

He warns, "The privilege of holding a driver's licence in Ontario, can and will, be removed from anyone who drives a motor vehicle while impaired."

Murray says Grey Bruce OPP are committed to public safety on local highways through proactive traffic stops, RIDE programs and investigating traffic complaints from the public.

 

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