Impaired driving charge
trend cause for concern
others on our highways.”
Across the province, the O.P.P. charged
There is nothing funny about that pun
652 motorists with impaired driving and
contained in an Ontario Provincial Police
issued 551 suspensions to drivers whose
a 16-month-old girl was found dead in her
blood alcohol concentration was between
crib at a James Street, Hawkesbury home
.05 and .08.
The results of the 2011-2012 Festive RIDE
In comparison, during the 2010-2011
To date, no evidence of foul play has
blitz are indeed sobering – the number of
Festive R.I.D.E. campaign, 308 drivers were
motorists charged with impaired driving in
Provincial Police detachment. Officers and
issued Warn Range suspensions.
paramedics were dispatched to the scene
”On one hand, I am extremely proud of
shortly before 10:30 a.m. January 7. The
FromNovember 25 to January 1, eastern
made this campaign highly-effective in
seemed well the previous evening, had
A sign in Hawkesbury encourages
103 impaired driving charges, compared to
removing these dangerous drivers fromour
found the baby lifeless in her crib. They
the public to report impaired
51 during the previous campaign.
roads over the holidays. On the other hand,
immediately called 9-1-1. The child was
Another 83 drivers had their permits
I am disappointed that these drivers would
suspended, a slight increase over the 77
risk their lives and the lives of others,” said
of the infant was transported to the Ottawa
whose licences were suspended during the
O.P.P. Commissioner Chris Lewis.
General Hospital for a post-mortem
In 2011, 47 people died in alcohol-related
examination. The residence was sealed
crashes onOPP-patrolled roads. According
to Chief Superintendent Don Bell,
in order to protect the scene of the tragic
three warnings. In Russell County, five
Commander of the OPP Highway Safety
incident pending the completion of the post
Division (HSD), drivers shouldn’t let their
and five were issued warnings.
a forensic pathologist Monday.
In Stormont-Dundas-Glengarry, 11
Investigators are awaiting results from
motorists were charged with impaired
the autopsy that may take many weeks to
driving while four were issued warnings.
produce. The investigation to date has not
“The results of our Festive R.I.D.E.
revealed any foul play. The scene was
decided to risk not only their life, but also
campaign and the dangers associated with
A 47-year-old Vankleek Hill man has
released by the O.P.P. Monday afternoon.
their family, friends and others sharing the
driving impaired have been widely-
been acquitted of two assault charges that
The matter is still under investigation.
road this holiday season,” said Inspector
publicized in the news, yet more than 1200
were laid last year.
drivers still chose to ignore our strong
Christian Walz was found not guilty
messaging and warnings about impaired
following a trial held January 5 and 6 in
“Our officers removed 103 impaired
Alfred-Plantagenet taxpayers are
drivers from the roads during the OPP’s
“For those who feel relieved that our
The Hawkesbury Ontario Provincial
of the township's draft 2012 budget.
Another 83 had their license suspended
Council begins its overall review of the
R.I.D.E. initiatives will continue to be
teenagers, who were 14 and 15 at the time,
draft budget document during a two-day
conducted throughout the province year-
alleged they had been assaulted by a man
side device! This is unacceptable. O.P.P.
special session January 16 and 17 from 8
round so there is no safe haven for impaired
after they had consumed alcohol and had
officers across the region will continue to
a.m. to 4 p.m. at the municipal hall in
drivers anywhere or anytime on Ontario
become ill during a February 18 party at a
roads,” added Bell.
home on Pearl Road.
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