The last Wednesday in August was a busy one for the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary. All in all, seven people in the St. John’s area were arrested for impaired driving.
This is a national trend. Police in many parts of Canada are finding that reports of impaired driving have increased. People no longer consider it “none of their business” but realize impaired driving for the hazard that it is.
Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Canada can take some of the credit for this shift in attitude. The organization began Campaign 911 in 2007 to encourage people to take a stand for public safety by calling the police when they spot a drunk driver. The Campaign appears to have empowered many citizens to get involved.
MADD urges everyone to know the signs that determine whether a driver on the road is impaired:
- Driving unreasonably fast, slow or at an inconsistent speed
- Drifting in and out of lanes
- Tailgating and changing lanes frequently
- Making exceptionally wide turns
- Changing lanes or passing without sufficient clearance
- Overshooting or stopping well before stop signs or stop lights
- Disregarding signals and lights
- Approaching signals or leaving intersections too quickly or slowly
- Driving without headlights, failing to lower high beams or leaving turn signals on
- Driving with windows open in cold or inclement weather
The phone is one of the most powerful tools of law enforcement. If you spot an impaired driver, call 911, so the driver can be taken off the road before a tragedy occurs.