***’ HRP Media Release
Halifax Regional Police release impaired driving statistics for May
Halifax Regional Police charged 22 drivers with impaired related offences during the month of May.
Of the 22 drivers, 16 were charged with impaired operation of a conveyance by alcohol, four were charged with impaired operation of a conveyance by drug and two drivers were issued a driving suspension for operating a conveyance while having consumed alcohol. Of the drivers who provided breath samples, officers were able to detect a wide range of blood alcohol concentrations (120 to 280 mg %) with 11 drivers being at least twice the legal limit. One of the drivers refused to provide a breath sample and was charged with the offence of refusal.
Police received nine calls throughout the month of May from citizens who suspected impaired drivers. We thank citizens for calling in suspected impaired drivers and encourage citizens to call 911 immediately if you suspect someone is driving impaired.
Here are some signs of 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
If you do see a potential impaired driver, call 911 immediately and give the call taker your location along with a description of the vehicle, including the license plate number, colour, make and model, the direction of travel for the vehicle and a description of the driver.
Police charge man for stunting
Police have charged a man with driving in excess of 50 km/h over the posted speed limit in Dartmouth this week.
At approximately 2:45 p.m. on June 8 a member of the Traffic Unit observed a car travelling at a high rate of speed on Main Street in Dartmouth. The officer observed the vehicle’s speed in excess of 130 km/h in a 70 km/h zone.
A 27-year-old man was ticketed for stunting under the Motor Vehicle Act, a charge that is automatically laid when a vehicle is travelling more than 50 km/h over the speed limit. In addition, the man was suspended from driving for seven days and the vehicle he was driving was seized and impounded.
The fine in Nova Scotia for stunting is $2,422.50 and six points are assigned to the driver’s record.
In a continued effort to address traffic safety issues and educate citizens on the rules of the road, our officers focus on speed enforcement. We all have a role to play in keeping our roads safe. If you see someone driving dangerously, report it to police by calling 911.