Lambton County OPP wants you to plan ahead for New Years.
“Take responsibility for your actions and if you drink, don’t drive”, says Lambton County OPP Insp. Scott Janssens. “Arrange for a designated driver, take a taxi or stay overnight. It is not worth risking your life or the lives of others.”
OPP say if you are stopped by the police and register a Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) in the “warn range” of .05 to .08, you could face an immediate driver’s licence suspension; if you are over the legal limit you will face a 90 day driver’s licence suspension, a court appearance and your vehicle is impounded for seveb days.
The Festive RIDE campaign began on November 23. So far in Lambton County, 12 people have been arrested and charged with Impaired Driving, Being Over the Legal Limit or Refusing to Provide a Breath Sample. Another 5 people have received 3 day, 7 day or 30 day driver’s licence suspensions for registering ‘warn’ on the roadside screening device.
In the first 11 months of the year, Lambton County OPP has arrested and charged 89 impaired drivers. This is comparable to the 86 that were charged during the same time frame in 2012. Of the 5 fatal collisions that have occurred in Lambton County over the past year, two were found to involve alcohol.