The OPP, and all Police Services across Ontario, are ever vigilant in ridding the roads of impaired
drivers. The carnage and damage, which these drivers deliver to the public at large, is impossible
to calculate. People can be injured or killed and families can suffer irreparable results. This must
stop, and stop now!!
The OPP, and your Wasaga Beach Community Policing Committee, encourage all drivers to never drive
impaired. This behaviour is discouraged to the highest level possible. Motorists are encouraged to
call 9-1-1 whenever they suspect seeing an impaired driver. Remember...if you’re not part of the
solution, you’re part of the problem. If you see such driving, MAKE THE CALL!
The OPP, along with all other police services across Ontario, are striving for a holiday season with
zero deaths attributed to impaired driving. It’s a lofty goal, but with everyone pitching in, an
achievable one. “Public education and focused enforcement will attempt to drive the message home”,
according to OPP Commissioner Vince Hawkes.
The OPP remind people that driving while impaired by drugs, other than alcohol, is equally as dangerous
and is against the law. DRE (Drug Recognition Experts) will be on duty during this program in order to
evaluate and remove these drivers from the roads.
People are welcome to enjoy the season but, are encouraged to use a designated driver, call a cab,
take the bus, or stay at one location (off the roads) until you are capable of driving in a responsible manner.
Statistics for the period of January/ September 2014 show there were 5685 impaired driving charges laid by the
OPP; an average of over 21 arrests per day. This figure is down 17% from the same time last year, but still way too high.
Remember: THERE IS NO SAFE AMOUNT OF ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION WHEN YOU CAN STILL DRIVE.
Here is a quick guide to what one could expect it you are arrested for impaired driving.
Minimum penalty in Ontario for a first offence conviction for Impaired Driving is one year license suspension.
Next, you’ll have a minimum $1000 fine. You must participate in “Back on Track”, a counseling program.
($578 is your cost). Then, the installation of an ignition interlock system/alcohol screening device in
your vehicle for one year. (This is several hundreds of dollars, again your cost). Then there is the cost
of having your car towed/stored. Add in lawyer costs, lost wages, insurance rates that soar upwards and
this entire mess you have gotten into could cost upwards of $10,000.00. Now think for a moment of putting
your family and children through this entire process. That cost is inconceivable. Upon conviction, you’ll
have a criminal record which could impact employment, travel and volunteering.
Please take some time and think about this. We can solve this problem, but everyone must play their part.
There is no magic or science involved here; just plain common sense. DON”T DRINK AND DRIVE!