(EAST ALGOMA, ON) – During the month of January, 2018 the East Algoma Detachments of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to numerous calls for service. Some of those calls were:
- 2 Impaired driving charges
- 33 Motor Vehicle Collisions (MVC) – only 3 with injuries
- 0 MCV related fatalities
Officers in the Blind River, Elliot Lake, and Thessalon offices have also completed many hours of Road Safety and Traffic Enforcement throughout the East Algoma Detachments area.
“Drive according to the road and weather conditions – reduce your speed and increase your following distance to ensure you can stop safely if needed. Speed too fast for conditions is the most common cause of winter collisions”, says East Algoma OPP Inspector Yves Forget.
Furthermore, In addition to Impaired by alcohol, Impaired by drug is a crime under the Criminal Code of Canada (CC) and drivers who are charged with that offence are subject to the same penalties as those who are charged with driving while impaired by alcohol.
Through the OPP Drug Evaluation and Classification Program, officers are trained as Drug Recognition Evaluators (DRU), giving them the authority and tools needed to detect drug-impaired drivers. A charge of impaired by drug involves all drugs, be it prescription, over-the-counter, and those that are illegal.
Should you observe a suspected impaired driver, please dial 911 or contact the Ontario Provincial Police at 1-888-310-1122.