If you’ve ever driven after a few drinks, take note: the Halton Region isn’t where you’d want to be arrested for impaired driving in Ontario. Although every region in the province is in the midst of an impaired driving crackdown, the Halton Region is trying something new that drunk drivers aren’t going to like.
If you’re accused of drunk driving in the Halton Region you’re going to be the focus of a daily report from the Halton Regional Police Service. They’ve just started issuing these reports again after a break for a few years, and now the detachment is full steam ahead and not stopping until the number of impaired drivers drops.
These reports are essentially media releases, and they are sent to various news agencies so that anyone caught for impaired driving may have their name published in the newspaper or online. Do they have a right to release that information? Yes, they do – criminal charges in Ontario are considered public information.
It’s up to the media if they publish the reports, but the very fact that someone stopped for impaired driving in Ontario could be publicized should be enough to deter a potential drunk driver. Having a name put in the newspaper means that there’s no way to hide your crime, and newspaper are archived so the information will live on forever in a digital record.
The Halton police will release the reports every day, and in case anything was missed, they’ll send out a weekly report too. That means there are several chances your employer, friends, or family members will see that you drove drunk.
If it works in the Halton Region, maybe other Ontario police detachments would be interested in doing the same. Anything that makes someone think twice before they put their keys in the ignition is a step in the right direction.