Friday, January 04, 2013

High Numbers: Impaired Driving Up in Hamilton and Province
  • Hamilton police made 538 impaired-driving arrests in 2012, five more than in 2011, a 15-year-high
  • 166 of arrests came as a result of citizens calling in on 911 to report suspected drunk drivers
  • A record of 228,315 drivers were stopped in RIDE programs (170,000 vehicles in 2011)
  • The Ontario Provincial Police charged 693 people across the province with impaired driving between Nov. 24 and Jan. 2., an eight-year high according to the OPP
  • The OPP laid around 8,000 impaired-driving charges in 2012, about the same as 2011's total
  • There were 72 alcohol related fatalities, up from 60 the year previous

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