Newfoundland and Labrador confirms no drug impairment charges were laid during Canada Road Safety Week

Published: May 24, 2019

Updated: June 3, 2019

Author: Luke Jones

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The 2019 Canada Road Safety Week took place between May 14 and 20 this month. Each year, the week sees law enforcement officers across the country double down on catching driver illegal behaviours. In 2019, police expected a busy week as the event coincided with the May long weekend holiday.

In Newfoundland and Labrador, Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) has confirmed they issued 1,100 tickets during Canada Road Safety Week.

Extra patrols and increased check stops on roads across the province saw police target impaired driving, seat belt misuse, aggressive driving, speeding, and distracted driving. Officers were also on the lookout for any other infractions of the Criminal Code and Highway Traffic Act.

During the week, over 3,500 vehicles were checked. RCMP says it impounded 24 vehicles. 656 charges were laid for speeding, and a further 62 for aggressive driving. Distracted driving outweighed impaired driving with 11 charges and 10 charges respectively.

While the jury is still out on how cannabis legalization will affect drug impairment behind the wheel, RCMP say they did not issue a single charge for drug impairment.

Total charges are below:

  • Impaired by Alcohol (Blood Alcohol Concentration 80 mg% and above) — 10
  • Impaired by Drug — 0
  • Speeding — 656
  • Aggressive Driving (31 km/h and above) — 62
  • Seat Belts — 35
  • Distracted Driving — 11
  • Fail to Yield — 8
  • Other Provincial Traffic — 313
  • Careless Driving — 8
  • Prohibited Driving (Criminal Code) — 2
  • Unsafe Lane Change — 1
  • No Insurance — 23
  • Provincial Cannabis Control Act — 2