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STPS  Festive Ride Results 2018

Impaired Driving Laws Change Mid Festive Ride Season

The 2018 Festive Ride Season proved to be like no other in the history of the St. Thomas Police Service. Newly legalized cannabis and a change to Impaired Driving Laws in the middle of the festive RIDE season offered new challenges to Officers conducting spot checks.

Police on front line patrol arrested three impaired drivers prior to December 18th and charged them accordingly under the former 253 section of the Criminal Code:

  • December 2nd a 22 year old male with one count of Operate Motor Vehicle with more than 80 milligrams of alcohol in 100 milliliters of blood.
  • December 7th a 53 year old male with one count of Refusing to Provide Sample.
  • December 9th a 26 year old male with one count of Operate Motor Vehicle While Ability Impaired by Drug and one count Drug Possession-Hydromorphone

At Midnight on December 17th 2018, Bill C-46 kicked in. The bill repealed and replaced the entire Criminal Code transportation regime in what Government Canada describes as a “modernized, simplified, and comprehensive approach to transportation offences, including impaired driving”.

  • After December 18th, Officers processed two Impaired Driving Charges from the new section of the Criminal Code:
  • December 29th a 39 year old male was charged with one count Adult Operation While Impaired by Alcohol and Drug
  • December 31 a 22 year old male was charged with one count Adult Operation While Impaired by Alcohol and Drug, one count of Novice Driver Blood Alcohol Content Above Zero and two counts Breach of Release Conditions

There were 7 Dedicated RIDE Spot Checks Between December 01 and December 31st with 2,142 Drivers Checked.

No impaired drivers were arrested as a result of the spot checks.

The 2018 Results of 5 arrests is a slight improvement over the 2017 Festive Ride Results which recorded 6 arrests in December of 2017. Only one of the 2017 arrests was for Impaired by Drug.

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