SOUTH SIMCOE POLICE
(Innisfil, ON) On Saturday, March 4th, officers from the South Simcoe Police, Traffic & Marine Unit conducted R.I.D.E. checks at various locations in the Town of Innisfil.
In a twelve hour period from noon-hour until midnight, police stopped and checked 643 vehicles. Twenty-nine (29) drivers were asked to perform a roadside screening device test.
As a result, nine (9) drivers had their driving privileges revoked for a minimum of three days after registering in the warn range on a roadside screening test.
Two (2) drivers were arrested and charged for Driving Over 80 mgs. Two (2) other drivers were arrested for drug possession when police discovered a controlled substance inside their vehicle.
“It is disappointing that so many suspensions were issued in a very short period of time,” said Acting Sergeant Steve Black. “People are taking unnecessary risks”.
Drivers who register a blood-alcohol concentration in the “warn range” of .05 to .08 pose an immediate danger to themselves and other road users. If caught driving in the warn range, you will receive an immediate driver’s licence suspension at the roadside:
-For three days for a first occurrence
-For seven days for a second occurrence and you must undergo a remedial alcohol education program
-For 30 days for a third or subsequent occurrence in a five-year period, and you must undergo a remedial alcohol-treatment program and have an ignition interlock condition placed on your licence for six months.
If you choose not to install an ignition interlock device, you must not drive until the condition is removed from your licence.
An administrative monetary penalty is also imposed on drivers suspended for registering in the warn range.
Impaired Driving is the leading criminal cause of death in Canada. South Simcoe Police are committed to reducing this statistic through awareness and enforcement.