The busiest time of the year for police in Canada is the holiday season. From Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day, the amount of Canadian drunk drivers on the roads hits a high that only slows down after the holidays are over. In every province the local police will create their own campaigns to stop these drivers, and at the end of January statistics are shared to show whether or not there’s an increase or decrease.
Ontario drunk drivers
Ontario Provincial Police charged 587 drunk drivers during its Festive Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere campaign. It ran from November 24th to January 2nd. There were also 366 drivers who were charged after they were stopped with a warn range blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .05 to .08.
This is an improvement over 2016 for the OPP. During that holiday season they charged 623 drunk drivers and had 407 warn range violations. This year was also significant in that Ontario had Drug Recognition Evaluators on hand and they used their expertise to source out drugged drivers. Of the 587, 29 were charged with drugged driving.
British Columbia drunk drivers
Every year British Columbia launches a CounterAttack. This is the 40th year of CounterAttack in the province, and the results of the checkpoint have been encouraging for BC lawmakers. Delta, one section of Vancouver, checked 12,000 cars at various roadblocks in the month of December. Out of those 12,000 they only charged eight people with impaired driving offenses.
Alberta drunk drivers
Edmonton, Alberta hosted checkstops during the busy holiday season. After they checked 3,500 vehicles they managed to arrest 42 drunk drivers. There were also 72 drunk drivers who lost their driver’s license due to warn range BAC.
The holidays aren’t always an indication of what can happen in the new year, but these checkpoints show that police are out and on the move looking for Canadian drunk drivers. With the proposed legislation for legalization of marijuana just around the corner, you can be sure they aren’t going to let up in their search for impaired drivers anytime soon.