OPP report 20% reduction in impaired driving cases

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The number of impaired driving investigations carried out so far this year by the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) has decreased from that number at the same time last year, according to police.

A press release from the East Region OPP on Wednesday, Mar. 13, 2024, stated that the number of impaired drivers on Ontario roadways patrolled by the OPP “has declined compared to this time last year.” Specifically, the OPP said that officers have investigated 184 impaired driving incidents so far in 2024. Those incidents occurred in “the area from Quinte West to the Quebec border and up [through] the Ottawa Valley.” By this time in 2023, the OPP had investigated 232 impaired driving cases, the OPP said. This marks a 20.7 per cent decrease in those cases in 2024 over the same amount of time last year.

But a decrease in the number of cases, while favourable, is not enough, the OPP expressed.

“The decline is positive news, but one impaired driver is one too many,” OPP Inspector Walid Kandar, Regional Traffic and Marine Manager for the OPP, said in a statement.

“Being impaired while driving, whether by alcohol or drugs, can have deadly consequences for the driver, their family or others on the road.”

The OPP said their officers will continue to conduct Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere (RIDE) program checkpoints throughout the region “during the day and at night in an effort to discourage impaired driving and to catch those who continue to make poor decisions.”

“If you are drinking or consuming drugs, make smart choices. Have a designated driver, call a cab, or use a ride-share service,” the OPP relayed.

“If you suspect someone is driving impaired, call 9-1-1. You could save lives.”

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