Impaired Driving Charges Up 22% in Algoma Over Last Year


During the month of June 2020, members from the East Algoma Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to nine impaired cases during this period where 89% of those calls were reported by members of the public – while the East Algoma OPP are disappointed in the increase of impaired cases, we’d like to thank the public for taking impaired driving seriously and reporting it to the police.

To Note: For the same time period in 2019, East Algoma OPP had taken four impaired drivers off our highways. For June 2018 and 2017, three impaired drivers were also taken off our highways.

Impaired Driving is an expensive gamble. Alcohol-impaired and Drug-Impaired drivers and any drivers who fail or refuses to submit tests under the Criminal Code can expect the following penalties and costs:

Legal Costs                                        $2000 to $10000*
Criminal Code Fees                             $1000 to $5000*
“Back on Track” Program                     $634
Licence Reinstatement Fees                 $198
Increased Insurance Costs                   $15000*
(-$5000 extra per year for 3 years)
Ignition Interlock                                 $1500*
·        Monetary Penalty                        $550*

Total Estimated Cost                            $30000 or more

Source: Government of Ontario & Government of Canada

*Actual Cost may vary.

The East Algoma Detachment OPP are asking you to “Plan Ahead”. Alcohol and Drug impaired driving affects your reaction time, concentration, peripheral vision, coordination and depth perception. Take a cab or arrange for a designated driver.

“Impaired driving is one of the four major causal factors of fatal and personal injury collisions and is the leading criminal cause of death in Canada. I’d like to thank the public for being diligent in reporting suspected impaired drivers and doing their part to make Ontario’s roads, trails and waterways safer for everyone. Remember, impaired driving is a serious crime that includes the operation of not only cars and trucks, but also off-road vehicles and boats. Treat impaired driving like the crime that it is and report it by calling 911.” – Inspector Tyler Sturgeon, Commander, East Algoma Detachment”

The OPP reminds motorists that no amount of alcohol or drug is safe to consume when operating a motor vehicle. Should you observe an impaired driver, please dial 911 or contact the Ontario Provincial Police at 1-888-310-1122.


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