OPP report increase in impaired driving

Published: May 11, 2015

Updated: July 24, 2018

Author: Callum Micucci

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The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) have seen an increase in impaired driving charges compared to this same period last year.

In the past 30 days, the provincial police have charged more than 180 people with impaired driving, which is an almost 60 per cent increase from the same period last year.

OPP sergeant Kerry Schmidt says many of these charges were laid as a result of impaired drivers being involved in collisions. He said some drivers have blown three or four times the legal limit following a crash.

There have been a few examples just this past weekend: on 9:45 p.m. Sunday May 10, police in Owen Sound responded to the scene of a single vehicle collision when a 39-year-old man collided with a guardrail. Police report that the man blew four times the legal limit on a breathalyzer test.

OPP pulled over a man driving erratically on the 401 at 1 a.m. Monday morning, and they charged the 69-year-old male driver with impaired driving.

Just half an hour later, police charged a 40-year-old driver from Etobicoke with impaired on the 401, and finally, an hour after that, police charged a 35-year old driver on the 427 with impaired.