On Saturday, members of the Niagara Regional Police Services Traffic Enforcement Unit with the assistance of members from Uniform Patrol and Auxiliary Officers conducted sobriety spot checks in the Township of West Lincoln and the City of Thorold, Ontario.
Throughout the course of the evening and early morning hours, approximately 482 vehicles were stopped and drivers were questioned with regards to alcohol consumption and drug use prior to the operation of their motor vehicles.
As a result, 2 drivers were asked to provide a sample of their breath for analysis. Both drivers registered readings within the legally allowable limit of less than 50 mgs of alcohol.
In addition to the alcohol and drug related incidents, officers issued 10 provincial offence notices for various Highway Traffic Act violations ranging from; failing to provide drivers licence, driving with no insurance, and driving with an expired permit.
In an effort to ensure the safety of our residents and the visitors to the Niagara Region, the Police Service would like to remind everyone to drink responsibly and have a plan to arrive home safely. Consider having a designated driver, calling for a taxi or using public transit.
Motorists are also reminded that they are required by law to slow down and proceed cautiously when approaching a R.I.D.E. checkpoint or any emergency vehicle stopped on the roadway.
This initiative has been made possible, in part, as a result of grant funding from the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services as part of their Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere (R.I.D.E) program.