Bracebridge OPP are continuing to work hard in cooperation with members of the public to take impaired drivers off of Muskoka roads however, the message doesn’t seem to be sinking in with everyone. During the last 30 days, police have charged nineteen drivers/operators with Impaired Driving related charges, more than double the number of drivers charged during the same time period in 2018 (9).
Police interacted with these 19 drivers in various situations such as at RIDE programs, responding to calls from members of the public, while patrolling the waterways or at collision scenes. One driver had her young children in the car with her and another had just gotten his vehicle back after it was impounded after an impaired charge seven days prior.
Impaired driving is one of the major factors contributing to injury or death on Ontario roads and police would like to remind people to have a plan for safe travel if you are going to be consuming alcohol or drugs.
Many impaired drivers are taken off of the roads when members of the public become engaged and call police from their hands free device if they suspect that someone is posing such a hazard.